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Custom clothes for the winter solstice

DailyBird Culture 2021-10-09 1 0

our folk proverb says: "the winter solstice is as big as the year". In fact, as early as ancient times, the winter solstice is a big festival in the year. In addition to the colorful winter solstice food customs in the north and south of the river, there are many interesting traditions. Changing new clothes at the winter solstice is one of them. Then let the old yellow calendar introduce you the new clothes of the winter solstice.


the winter solstice festival has many customs. In the past, people talked about food customs and entertainment customs, while the records of clothing customs are much less, or few words or vague. This is a bit embarrassing for the tradition of wearing clothes.


the Chinese nation before the Wei, Jin and six dynasties had a profound meaning that is difficult to understand for future generations. In the Zhou Dynasty, faint rites and sacrificial rites used dignified and magical black and yellow colors instead of the later red and rhubarb. From the pre Qin Dynasty to the Han Dynasty, the thought of the five elements was particularly profound. According to the four seasons, the emperor's sacrificial clothes became colorful and fashionable. They wore green, yellow, white and black according to the four seasons of the year. It was naturally black on the winter solstice.


later, the custom of wearing new clothes on the winter solstice was gradually fixed. The imperial court gave officials new clothes on this day, and the people also had to change new clothes on the winter solstice. The Tokyo dream of China record by Meng Yuan of the Southern Song Dynasty said: "The winter solstice in November is the most important festival in the capital. Although the poor accumulate fake loans in a year, it is easier to wear new clothes, prepare meals and worship their ancestors. Officials release customs and rush to celebrate exchanges, just like the New Year Festival."

at the same time, people also have the custom of giving shoes at the winter solstice. In ancient and modern China, it is said: "Mandarin duck shoes were embroidered in the Han Dynasty, and Emperor Zhao ordered his aunt to wear shoes on the winter solstice." however, over time, the custom of giving shoes to her aunt gradually evolved into giving shoes and hats to her nephew. In ancient times, hand embroidered shoes were mostly flowers and birds for women, and hats were mostly made into Phoenix shapes; shoes embroidered shoes were mostly beasts, and hats were mostly made into tiger shapes for men.

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