Winter Solstice Festival of 2015 is celebrated on December 22. This is no holiday for this festival.
Winter Solstice Festival or DongZhi Festival is celebrated on December 21, 22 or 23, and it is considered one of the most important festivals celebrated by Chinese people because it is the time for family to get together. This festival also marks the longest night and the shortest day in the northern hemisphere. In southern China, one of the important activities is to get together and make and eat TangYuan (balls of glutinous rice). TangYuan means reunion, family unity, and prosperity, and each family member receives a large one and several smaller ones. The flour balls may be plain or stuffed. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savory broth with the ball and soup served in one bowl.
In northern China, people typically eat dumplings on DongZhi. Dumplings also symbolize family unity and prosperity. In northern China where the weather is extremely cold, people eat dumpling or other hot food to stay warm. In some areas, Chinese people also have mutton, noodles, or drink winter wine for celebration. They all hot food to help keep themselves warm and avoid catching cold.
Dates of Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice Festival of 2015 is celebrated on December 22.
Winter Solstice Festival of 2016 is celebrated on December 21.
Winter Solstice Festival of 2017 is celebrated on December 22.
Winter Solstice Festival of 2018 is celebrated on December 22.
Chinese people celebrate eight traditional Chinese festivals, which are Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), Lantern Festival, QingMing Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Double Seventh Festival, Mid-Autumn Festival, ChongYang Festival, and Winter Solstice.