Friday, December 22, 2006

Winter solstice


It's only in recent years that I understood the meaning of Tung festival . As with all chinese festivals, symbolic food is prepared for this occassion. On this day mum would prepare those little gluttonous red and white dumplings in ginger syrup. Pandan leave to add that unique fragrant. Never understood the significant of this day till I discover that it's actually the celebration of the winter solstice. After the Winter Solstice, days will become longer and longer. It's a time of rejuvenation and renewal.

8 comments:

FreeThinker said...

You've discovered the REAL "Reason for the Season!"

Solstice Greetings from San Francisco!

IML said...

freethinker
Yes, many chinese celebrations are linked to mother earth and the moon.
Thanks for dropping by!!

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Chris said...

I mum always says, "Eat the tung yuan, and you're one year older!" How's that so?

IML said...

Chris
Soon we will be once again greeting spring and planting season. With that we have sucessfully gone through another year. That is my take on this.
Well we will be one year older after this week! Happy 43!!!!

Chris said...

ahhh... your explanation makes a lot of sense. Tks!

IML said...

Chris
Most welcome!!