Winter Solstice

Thursday, December 22, 2022

As the saying goes: "The Winter Solstice is as significant as the Spring Festival", "Have dumplings on the first day of Winter Solstice and noodles on the first day of Summer Solstice."
(sú huà shuō: "dōnɡ zhì dà rú nián",  "dōnɡ zhì jiǎo zi xià zhì miàn".

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms.
(chuán tǒnɡ de zhōnɡ ɡuó nónɡ lì jiānɡ yì nián fēn wéi èr shí sì jié qi.

Winter solstice is the 22nd of the ancient 24 solar terms.
(dōnɡ zhì shì zhōnɡ ɡuó èr shí sì jié qi de dì èr shí èr ɡè jié qi.

It typically occurs around Dec. 21 or 22, though on rare occasions, it can be as early as Dec.20 or as late as Dec.23.
(duō shù nián fèn de dōnɡ zhì rì dōu zài 12 yuè 21 rì huò zhě 22 rì , óu ěr tí zǎo dào 20 rì , huò zhě cuò hòu dào 23 rì.)

The shortest day of the year in the northern hemisphere.
(dōnɡ zhì shì běi bàn qiú bái zhòu zuì duǎn de yì tiān.)

Eating dumplings and sweet dumplings is a common folk custom for many Chinese on the day of winter solstice.
(chī jiǎo zi hé tānɡ yuán shì duō shù zhōnɡ ɡuó rén dōnɡ zhì de xí sú.)

Sweet dumplings have always been a symbol of happiness and unity.
(tānɡ yuán zǒnɡ shì xiànɡ zhēnɡ zhe xìnɡ fú hé tuán yuán.)

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