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Do you eat dumplings or dumplings in the winter solstice? Dumplings in the north and dumplings in the south

DailyBird Culture 2021-10-09 1 0

each region has a different influence on the arrival of a solar term, which also contains some different customs and cultural inheritance. What kind of choice is it to eat dumplings and dumplings when the winter solstice solar term comes? Is it the regional differences or some cultural differences involved at this time?


the custom of eating glutinous rice balls at the winter solstice

the winter solstice is the longest night of the year. On the day of the winter solstice, before dawn, women get up to make a fire to cook glutinous rice balls, first worship the heaven and ancestors, and then the whole family sit around and eat glutinous rice balls. Therefore, eating Tangyuan on the winter solstice not only means that the sun (sunshine) is gradually coming back, but also means reunion. Modern people prefer to take it as a symbol of perfection. Now, there are more customs of eating Tangyuan mainly in the south.

the custom of eating dumplings in the winter solstice

eating dumplings in the winter solstice solar term is to commemorate Zhang Zhongjing, a native of Langdong, Nanyang. He wrote the treatise on typhoid and miscellaneous diseases, which integrates the great achievements of doctors and is regarded as a classic by doctors of all dynasties. In the Eastern Han Dynasty, he was the prefect of Changsha, visiting patients, applying medicine and practicing medicine in the lobby. He resolutely resigned and returned home to treat his neighbors. It was winter when he returned home. He saw that the villagers on both sides of the Baihe River were yellow and skinny, hungry and cold, and many people's ears were frozen. He asked his disciples to set up a medical shed and a big pot in Dongguan, Nanyang, and give up "Quhan Jiaoer Decoction" to treat chilblain on the winter solstice. He boiled mutton, pepper and some cold expelling herbs in a pot, then fished out the mutton and medicine, chopped them, made them into ear like "Jiao ears" with bread, cooked them, and gave them to each person who came to ask for medicine two "Jiao ears" and a large bowl of broth. People ate "jiao'er" and drank "Quhan soup". They were warm, their ears were hot, and their frostbitten ears were cured. Later generations learn the appearance of "jiao'er" and wrap it into food, also known as "dumplings" or "flat food". Now it is widely spread in some areas of northern China.

other customs of the winter solstice

1. The folk of the ancient Han Dynasty believed that since the winter solstice, the Yang of heaven and earth began to flourish and become stronger, representing the beginning of the next cycle, which is a auspicious day. The emperor wanted to worship heaven on this day, and the ministers congratulated each other. This custom continued until the Qing Dynasty and became a necessary ceremony on the winter solstice.

2. Count nine

the folk refer to the winter solstice as "jiaojiu" or "count nine", that is, from the day of the winter solstice, every nine days as a "Nine", which is divided into nine "Nine" for a total of 9981 days. After 81 days, it enters the spring day. After the winter solstice, Jiujiu is very popular all over the country. According to different climatic conditions, scenery characteristics, farming phenology and customs, people from all over the country have compiled all kinds of Jiujiu proverbs and Doggerels, which have been handed down to this day.

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