The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Winter Solstice (Chinese: 冬至), the 22nd solar term of the year, begins this year on Dec 22 and ends on Jan 5.
There was a saying in ancient China which goes"The Winter Solstice is as significant as the Spring Festival."
In Yangzhou, East China’s Jiangsu province, the Winter Solstice is a day to offer sacrifices to Heaven and to ancestors.
People usually eat tangyuan, a kind of stuffed small dumpling ball made of glutinous rice flour, to celebrate the event. In local dialect, tangyuan is called Yunazi.
In addition, people also eat pumpkin, which locals believe could prevent or treat plenty of diseases. Many local residents store them for the event.