Winter Festival (Winter Solstice in Jieyang)

Winter Festival (Winter Solstice in Jieyang)

City: Jieyang

About: Winter Solstice of lunar calendar is called Winter Festival in Chaoshan region, also named “celebrate a small new year”. According to old customs, people in this region need to worship the gods and their ancestors. Among the offerings, there should be glutinous rice balls which means reunion. There is a saying among people that goes like “After eating the glutinous rice balls in Winter Festival, you are one year older”. There is also a custom of sticking glutinous rice balls to utensils, house pillars, or farm cattle to wish for harvest.

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