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Winter solstice customs in Lishui, Zhejiang Province, deep in the south of the Yangtze River

DailyBird Culture 2021-10-09 1 0

has been the winter solstice solar term in China for thousands of years. In ancient times, it has been regarded as an important festival. Today, some places will take the winter solstice as a festival day, offering sacrifices to heaven and ancestors, going to graves and sweeping tombs, eating reunion dinner and preparing all kinds of delicious food. Then let the old yellow calendar introduce you to the winter solstice customs in Lishui, Zhejiang Province.


on the night before the winter solstice in Liandu, every family in Liandu will burn a table of delicious food to worship their ancestors (in dialect, it is called cooking dry rice) to commemorate their dead families. On this day, the whole family has a reunion dinner together.


in Jingning, local adults in each family make some dumplings and Ma CI for children on the winter solstice every year.


and "beating and eating rice cakes" are indispensable traditional customs for the clouds and people on the winter solstice. The local she people also make a kind of yellow rice cake. People cut some firewood from the mountain, burn it into ash when they go home, and soak it in boiling water, which is called "ash alkali". According to the local people, this kind of "ash alkali" contains high potassium. The yellow rice cake made from it, Eating not only strengthens the body, but also indicates the prosperous days in the future, climbing every year.


Jinyun locals make "winter festival fruit" on the winter solstice. Different from the steamed stuffed buns they usually see, the peel of winter festival fruit is made of mountain flour and taro. It is not as tough as flour. They pay special attention to skills in wrapping fruit. After making the fruit, put the fruit leaves fried with oil on it and steam it in a steamer for a quarter of an hour. The fragrant and flexible winter fruit will be out of the oven. It tastes soft and delicious. You will smell for a long time.

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