Winter Solstice Dinner

In my culture, the Winter Solstice was the same day as what we called, “做冬”. It was a time that we would eat a special dinner together with the immediate family.

My favourite part was the dessert, “湯圓” which were little glutinous balls filled with sweet sesame paste or peanut butter inside, floating in a ginger and rock sugar sweet soup.

Photo Courtesy of Wikipedia

“The winter solstice, hiemal solstice or hibernal solstice, also known as midwinter, occurs when one of the Earth’s poles has its maximum tilt away from the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere.Wikipedia

I am looking forward to the shortening of nights. Hopefully, more sunlight means better feelings of hope! I really need it!

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16 thoughts on “Winter Solstice Dinner

  1. We celebrate solstice with just my husband and daughter. It’s nice to have one night of celebration that is just us and not running around to all the other family. Plus I love celebrating the cycles of the earth and the return of the sun. I agree we all need more sunshine. It’s comforting to know that it’s on its way back 😊

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  2. Most, or most probably all, peoples have major holidays/celebrations around this time of year. Part of it goes back to our common agricultural past, and is a way to celebrate us leaning back toward the sun again. A “We Made It – Back to the Surface!” party, if you will.

    Part of it too is more philosophical, a tribute to endurance and to hope’s irresistibility.

    Either way, Vivian, enough of these pictures, OK? You’re making me hungry!

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      1. No, not really. I figured you took the picture, then left the food outside for the raccoons.

        Lucky raccoons – they get everything! “Oh look, guys – divine human food. A Solstice Miracle!”


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