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Winter solstice food customs in Jiangyin, Jiangsu

DailyBird Culture 2021-10-09 1 0

tomorrow is December 22, 2017, and people will usher in the winter solstice solar term of "as big as a year". Since ancient times, there has been a saying among the people that "the winter solstice is a sunny day". They believe that this day is an auspicious day, so they attach great importance to this festival. Then let the old yellow calendar introduce you to the winter solstice food customs in Jiangyin, Jiangsu Province.


winter night meal. The night after the winter solstice is called "winter solstice night". Jiangyin people usually set up fasting and ancestor worship at home. Some families invite relatives and friends to dinner on the winter solstice night. In the past, it was on this day that landlords dismissed long-term workers, so there was a folk song "on the winter solstice night, those who have money eat one night, and those who have no money freeze one night".


there is a custom in Jiangyin Xixiang and Qingyang during the winter solstice, that is, there must be fried tofu with scallions in the dishes of winter dinner. As the saying goes, "if you want to be rich, eat a bowl of fried tofu with scallions overnight during the winter solstice." scallion means "lush and vigorous", and tofu is homonymous with "Dufu" in Jiangyin dialect.

wonton Jiangyin people eat wonton at the winter solstice, which means "chaos begins". It is said that Pangu created the world, so that "the light and clear floating of Qi is the sky, and the heavy and turbid of Qi is the earth". Only after ending the chaotic state, can there be four sides of the universe. Then take the harmonic meaning of "wonton" and "Hun hoarding", which means full hoarding of grain and bumper grain.

mutton mutton is sweet and warm in nature. It has the effects of tonifying yang, resisting cold and heat, strengthening body and prolonging life. Jiangyin people eat mutton and drink mutton soup during the winter solstice. They won't be afraid of the cold all winter.

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