Happy Winter Solstice!

Today, at 1:47 am, the Sun will stand still momentarily when it reaches a point farthest south of the celestial equator. This point of time is known as the Winter Solstice.

The winter solstice is widely recognised as the beginning of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and summer in the Southern Hemisphere. However, to us at the equator, many people will not notice any different; it’s summer all year long.

To the Chinese, the winter solstice is known as the DongZhi Festival. This is the time when we will make and eat “tangyuan” (balls of glutinous rice). I always looked forward to this day when I was a kid (and even now!) because I really really really love to eat tangyuan (actually I can make and eat it anytime of the year, but eating it on DongZhi day itself feels different…).

Later today, I’ll be back home to visit my parent, and I’m looking forward for my mother’s tangyuan… mmmmmm… just thinking of it already makes my month watered… can’t wait to be home…

Finally, to everyone out there: Happy Winter Solstice! 冬至快乐! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! Happy Holidays! and Clear Skies!

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~ by thChieh on December 22, 2009.

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