Sunday, December 21, 2008

Winter Solstice Festival

冬至节快乐 (Happy Winter Solstice Festival). To be honest, I have almost zero idea why we celebrate it. According to Wikipedia, the origin of the festival had something to do with the Yin and Yang philosophy of balance and harmony in the cosmos. It is usually celebrated around December 22 every year.

What I do know is that we eat 湯圓 (tangyuan) on that day. 湯圓 are made of glutinuous rice flour and shaped into balls of various sizes. It may be plain or stuffed with fillings like red bean paste and so on. They are cooked with sweet soup. Since I won't be here at Ipoh, we decided to celebrate it 2 days earlier.

湯圓 made late at night


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