Celebrating Winter Solstice at Our Home

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

This year is the first year that we are celebrating Winter Solstice (Dongzhi Festival) in our home. I had prepared a few dishes for Hubby and I to celebrate this meaningful day for Chinese. I guess as we grew older, we realised the meaning the behind this tradition. Thus I made it a point that we should try to celebrate it every year.

Quoted from Wikipedia: Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get togethers is the making and eating of Tang Yuan or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion. Tang Yuan are made of glutinous rice flour and sometimes brightly coloured. Each family member receives at least one large Tang Yuan in addition to several small ones. The flour balls may be plain or stuffed. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savoury broth with both the ball and the soup/broth served in one bowl.

I had prepared the Tang Yuan the night before as it was needed during the praying on Dongzhi and some of the ingredients for the dishes for our dinner. So wondering what we had for the special day. Scroll down and have a look. Though it was not the most yummylicious meal, but it was good enough as we had each other company for this meaningful day. (Sigh, it'll be better if DongZhi was made a public holiday, so I can celebrate the day with my family too but of course there will be compensation for it, CNY is coming soon.)

Cantonese Style White Chicken

Nam Yee Steamed Fish

Lettuce in Oyster Sauce

Of course our highlight of the night: a bowl of home made Tang Yuan (in ginger and sweet Osmanthus soup)


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