Chinese Winter Solstice - The Tang-Yuan Day
The Tang-Yuan Day is on December 22, 2013 in China.
Winter Solstice is on December 21, 2013 in USA.
Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year in China. It's in the cold December and Chinese eat Tang-Yuan to keep their body warm. In Chinese language, Tang is soup and Yuan is round, which implies reunion, fully satisfaction. In old farmer society, the poor couldn't afford meat, then they have Tang-Yuan on the Winter Solstice.
Tang-Yuan are sweet glutinous balls made by sweet rice and served with hot sugar water. It's kind of sticky. Not every children can swallow them. So people make some Tang-Yuan in red color, which make them prettier. Later, the variety of Tang-Yuan were invented. Tang-Yuan are filled with different ingredients inside such as red bean paste, creamy peanut or sesame paste. Also, Tang-Yuan soup can be served with whole red bean or whole peanut and become a tasty dessert.
To eat Tang-Yuan on the Winter Solstice is a required custom. All children are told that people can add one year for their age after eating Tang-Yuan.
Note: In Chou Dynasty (1122 B.C.), Chinese used Winter Solstice as the first day of the year. It might be too cold to celebrate the new year in the late December. Later, the Chinese New Year day was moved to early spring.
Winter Solstice Day is around December 21 every year. The time of Winter Solstice determines the date of Winter Solstice. Since the times and dates of Winter Solstice are different in different time zones, The data of Winter Solstice might fall into different days.
China Time Zone US PST Time Zone US EST Time Zone
December 22, 2013 01:12 AM
December 22, 2014 07:04 AM
December 22, 2015 12:49 PM
December 21, 2016 18:45 PM
December 21, 2017 00:29 AM
December 22, 2018 06:24 AM
December 21, 2013 09:12 AM
December 21, 2014 15:04 PM
December 21, 2015 20:49 PM
December 21, 2016 02:45 AM
December 21, 2017 08:29 AM
December 21, 2018 14:24 PM
December 21, 2013 12:12 PM
December 21, 2014 18:04 PM
December 21, 2015 23:49 PM
December 21, 2016 05:45 AM
December 21, 2017 11:29 AM
December 21, 2018 17:24 PM
Chinese New Year Day 2: Son-in-Law Day
Chinese New Year Day 3: Mice Wedding Day and Red-Dog Day
Chinese New Year Day 4: Welcome the God of Stove Day
Chinese New Year Day 5: God of Wealth Day, Open Business Day
Chinese New Year Day 6: Clear-Water Master Day (God of Pig Day)
Chinese New Year Day 7: The Human Day
Chinese New Year Day 8: The Completion Day
Chinese New Year Day 9: The Birthday of Jade Emperor, King of Heaven
Chinese New Year Day 10: The Eating Day
Chinese New Year Day 11: The Break Day
Chinese New Year Day 12: The Diarrhea Day
Chinese New Year Day 13: The Death Anniversary of General Kuan Yu
Chinese New Year Day 14: The Lantern Decoration Day
Chinese New Year Day 15: The Lantern Festival