Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Winter Solstice Festival (冬至 ~ Dong Zhi)

Last Sunday (21st Dec 2008) was the Winter Solstice Festival for the chinese. It's the last festival of the lunar calender before Chinese worldwide celebrate Chinese New Year in the spring season.
There're many legends and stories behind the celebration of the festival, but in today's context, it has been narrowed down to family reunion, and to celebrate the end of a year. This is the time when the Chinese would tell their children "You're a year older now", after successfully went through one whole year.

The celebration is uniquely marked with the making of small glutinous flour balls and boiled them in sugar syrup.

We went to my mother-in-law's place last Sunday and the whole family got involved in the flour balls making. It's kinda fun and family members can get together to do this simple thing. The balls are usually in plain (White) or Pink colour. But we added pandan into the white ones and they became green. I'm not sure if this was the first time for my nieces though.. erm...

The balls were then put into the boiling sugar syrup. The taste of the syrup was enhanced with pandan leaves and slices of ginger.

They were usually served in small bowls, as one can't really finish up big portion. Yummyyyy...
So, my friends, "YOU ARE ONE YEAR OLDER NOW".

9 comments:

wahaza extra said...

Not yet; Not yet....

Josh said...

[Wahaza] Soon, soon! hehehe

Tropical Banana said...

Haha I see two little kids :D

honey larling said...

Wow.... i'm so kesian... i didn't take my 'tang yuan' this year. But....is that mean i still 'young'? hehehe....

Josh said...

[Miss Banana] Yah, two KIDs.

[honey larling] aiyo... why so kesian?? tell me maaa, I'll send u one mangkuk.

No, you're still ONE YEAR OLDER.

azizi said...

me? stay young in heart. a year and wise older. :-)
- anyway have a nice Christmas to you , and a happy new year. ;-)
berapa meter tinggi pohon krismas kt rumah josh? ke pakai pokok rambutan?

Anak Jawa said...

tgh cari uban kat kepala... ermmm

Kembara Musafir said...

merry christmas Josh....!!
haha...!! betoi gak Jiji...

Josh... guna pokok rambutan or pokok mempelam....? or pokok pisang jer...? takkan pakai pokok bunga jer kut...? :D

Josh said...

[Azizi] hahaha... I'm sure you're young at heart.
Pokok krismas?? tahun ni takde. musim kemarau.. ;-P

[AJ] Cari uban ke cari rambut hitam?? cuba citer betul-betul.. hehehehe..

[Kingkong] Thanks for the wishes!
Ngak ada pohon krismas tahun ini.