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Winter Solstice Festival

An explanation of the significance of the Winter Solstice and how it is celebrated in several East Asian countries.

Video Transcription: Winter Solstice Festival Template

The Winter Solstice Festival is one of the most significant festivals in several East Asian countries celebrated in the 11th lunar month. This festival represents balance and harmony, and the origin of the concept is from the Chinese philosophy of yin and yang. On the shortest day of the year, darkness and cold, which are qualities of yin, are believed to be at their peak. But at the same time, it marks a turning point for the coming of light and warmth, the qualities of yang with longer days.

It is a time for families to get together and celebrate with hearty meals. People typically eat dumplings in Northern China. And in Hong Kong, meals generally include tang yuan, a sweet soup with sticky rice. Also, the name tang yuan sounds similar to tuan yuan, which means reunion in Chinese. And the winter solstice festival is all about reuniting and celebrating optimism.

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