Today, it’s the Winter Solstice festival.
The shortest day of the year – the winter solstice – is called Dōng Zhì in Mandarin and has special meaning in the traditional Chinese calendar.
In traditional Chinese society, the arrival of winter meant that the farmers would lay down their tools and celebrate the harvest by coming home to their families. A feast would be prepared to mark the occasion.
These days, Dōng Zhì is still a significant event for most Chinese family. Even though most people do not get a day off work, everyone tries to get together with their families to eat tāng yuán and have a nice dinner.
Btw, for those who do not know, “tong yuen” is a sweet soup made of glutinous rice balls.
In about an hours time, Guinea Pig is doing the ‘meet-the-parent’ thingy with my daddy dearest. I asked, if he’s feeling nervous about it, and he replied – Que sera sera. 😛
And… I jokingly gave him this link. 😛
I guess meeting the parent of your other half for the very first time can be quite nerve-wracking. We’ll see how it goes.
More updates to come – hope it won’t turn into an ugly bloodbath.