Sunday, December 21, 2008

Guo Tung aka Dong Zhi

The shortest day of the year – the winter solstice – is called Dōng Zhì in Mandarin Chinese and has special meaning in the traditional Chinese calendar.

Dōng Zhì is the day when families get together and eat tāng yuán, a sweet soup made of glutinous rice balls. It is also the day when everyone becomes one year older.

I celebrated Guo Tung today with my family. Immediately after the photo taking session at the Malakoff 12k race this morning and after passing all the shoe orders to interested runners, I rush to the market to buy some glutinous rice dough to make Tang Yuan.

After reaching home the whole family actually got together and get onto making the tang yuan and each of us in the family ate a bowl before adjourning for lunch. And we are all one year older from tomorrow onwards.


jue said...

i hope next year someone will also organise a 'tang yuen' gathering. at least for people like me . . . sob sob really miss this festival which i used to enjoy as a child

C-CUBE said...

jue, no prob. maybe will take note of that