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December 23, 2008

Dongzhi Festival



Festivals & Events / Singapore

I wanted to blog about this important Chinese festival – Dongzhi (冬至) festival which falls on 21 Dec this year and have been wondering who did a post on Dongzhi and is really surprised to see such a lovely post from none other than our regular visitor – peteformation , the foodie from Malaysia.

Dongzhi or Winter Solstice Festival is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians. There is a saying that goes “Dongzhi is more important than Chinese New Year.” Dongzhi festival is a time when family gets together when the sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest, and farmers stop working due to coldness when winter starts. Families make and eat Tangyuan (), rice balls that are made of glutinuous rice flour and are usually colourful. These rice balls symbolize reunion. They can be plain or stuffed and are cooked in sweet soup.

These are photos of colourful uncooked Tangyuan taken by peteformation. Mind you, these are not artificial colourings but natural colours obtained from fresh dragon fruit juice, pandan leaves and sweet potatoes!

Christmas is coming, then we welcome New Year 2009. For the Chinese, it’s Chinese New Year on 26 Jan 2009! So you bet I will share with you many photos of Chinese New Year too!

6 Comments Leave your comment

  • peteformation said on December 23, 2008 1:37 pm

    Wah, my pictures looks more colourful here lorrr! Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year To You, family and your Readers.

  • eunice said on December 23, 2008 3:43 pm

    @peteformation: Hey thanks! Merry X’mas and a happy 2009 to you and your loved ones too! Now I realised your Tangyuan colours can really blend in my blog colour theme haha!

  • Borneo Falcon said on December 23, 2008 10:55 pm

    Very colourful Tangyuan and it is natural colour! First time for me.

    Have a nice holiday and Merry X’mas

  • eunice said on December 24, 2008 2:38 am

    @Borneo Falcon: I think with the natural flavours, they taste good too.

  • dong ho said on December 24, 2008 2:44 pm

    it sounds like my online name! hehehe… very interesting actually and good that you decided to post it.

  • eunice said on December 24, 2008 3:46 pm

    @dong ho: hahah I think so too! Dong zhi, Dong ho.

2 Mentions
  • Yuan Xiao festival| 15th day of Chinese New Year| Chinatown, Singapore | travelerfolio.com on February 26, 2009 12:17 pm

    [...] around for people to appreciate, and people will try to solve riddles on the lanterns and eat Tangyuan (glutinous rice balls). The day is also known as Chinese Valentine’s day. In ancient China, it was the night that [...]

  • The End of Chinese New Year Festivities on April 10, 2009 2:41 am

    [...] around for people to appreciate, and people will try to solve riddles on the lanterns and eat Tangyuan (glutinous rice balls). The day is also known as Chinese Valentine’s day. In ancient China, it was the night that [...]

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