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Colorful traditional festivals are the epitome of the long history and profound culture of the Chinese. Winter Solstice Day is another important day in Chinese Lunar Calendar and also a festival for Chinese. It is said that as early as in 2500 years ago, the Spring and Autumn Period, Chinese have already measured the specific time of the Winter Solstice Day. That is the time between the Solar Calendar Dec. 21 to 23. In the Northern Hemisphere, Winter Solstice Day is the day with the longest dark hours and shortest daytime in the whole year.

On the Winter Solstice Day, Dumplings and glue pudding are the traditional foods while in ancient times, the main activity is the publicly fete ceremony, where people got together to pray for avoiding the hunger and death. Among the folk, people have the convention to forecast the future weather according to the weather on the Winter Solstice Day and the arrival time of that day. If that day is in the beginning of the Lunar month, the coldest time of the year would be in the end of the Lunar year. If that day is in the end of the Lunar month, then the coldest time would be in the Lunar Jan. If that day is in the middle of the Lunar month, there would be no snow and frost. Another saying goes that if it is cloudy on the Winter Solstice Day, the Spring Festival must be a sunny day. On the contrary, if it is sunny day that day, there would be rainy on the Spring Festival.

There are also many different customs in different areas. In Fujian, at dusk before the Winter Solstice Day, the whole family would get together and “搓丸子”(cook the Wan Zi). This kind of Wan Zi is small rounded food made by the glutinous rice flour and there also could be many shapes of the Wan Zi. For example, there are the shoe-shaped gold ingot, little dog and pig etc., which made children very excited.

In Guangdong areas, people would, taking enough pork, chicken, fish and fruits, go to the memorial temples to worship their ancestors and after that, the whole family would sit together, having the meals. In some coastal areas, people would hold the ceremony of the ancestor worshiping before the fishermen going out for the fishing, asking the Gods and the ancestors to bless their safe on the sea.

In modern society, people are becoming busy and busy and many interesting customs are fading away. But the activity kept is the family reunion on the Winter Solstice Day. No matter how fast the world changes, for the human beings, the love between the families, friends and lovers will last forever. Don’t forget to have meals together with the people around you on the Winter Solstice Day.

Cheng Woh, founded in 1933, have over 30 types of herbal soups, desserts and flower teas. We believe that the best way to for people to come together is through healthy food. We strive to bring good soup of optimal nutrition and vital ingredients of taste and pleasure

 

 

Reunion Dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve

2012's Reunion Dinner is on 22 January. For a Chinese, no matter where they are, the most important festival must be the Lunar Spring Festival, which is regarded as a time for family reunion. The top event of this festival is the Reunion Dinner on Chinese New Year’ Eve. Every year when that day is coming, you can see people crowded in railway and coach station and airport as well. That’s because they don’t want to miss the Reunion Dinner with their families. Despite the severe cold and rush traffic, many people travel a long distance to go home. For most of Chinese, Family Value is among the top concerns of their whole lives. People cherish the feelings of coming back together with their family members.

On Chinese New Year’s Eve, young people tend to see their parents, together with their children and have dinner together. If it is a big family, you can see a very lively scene-Women were busy in the kitchen; Men were talking loudly in the living room; Children were chasing each other from one room to the other…The house was filled with laugh and the smell floating from the kitchen makes you run at the mouth. When the dinner finally began, the whole families were sitting around the table, raising their glass of wine, greeting each other, making jokes…they were immersed in the great joy, forgetting all the hard times and worries of the whole year. What a great picture it is! This is really the human happiness given by the Mother Nature.

Everything, however, needs to be balanced. After the overly splendid dinner and excitement, people tend to feel uncomfortable more or less. For example, too much meat, like fish, beef, pork, lamb, would cause dyspepsia while excessive drinking hurts your liver. These outcomes highly affect people’s emotions in the happy holidays.

Nowadays, fortunately, more and more people begin to attach importance to their daily diet and choose healthy food for their families. In addition to the common food, some special supplements and Chinese herbal soups might be a good option because the pace of our life now is really fast.

In short, for modern people, how to keep a balance between the traditional customs and body health is something worth to think about.

Cheng Woh, founded in 1933, have over 30 types of herbal soups, desserts and flower teas. We believe that the best way to for people to come together is through healthy food. We strive to bring good soup of optimal nutrition and vital ingredients of taste and pleasure

Dinner at home

Chinese is an age old nationality with five thousands of history and profound culture. Among the different customs, “eating” is a significant aspect. For Chinese, “eating” is more than eating the food and there are many cultural meanings that related to the “eating”. There is an old saying goes that 民以食为天, literally means that eating is the top priority for the civilians. When Chinese come across each other outside, they would say “Have you eaten?” This is just a greetings and it reflects that people care about eating very much. In traditional Chinese idea, there are different etiquettes when have meals with different groups of people, like families, friends or colleagues. In general, home dinner is an important thing for Chinese families and they think that it is a great occasion for them to communicate with each other.

For Chinese, dinner at home is an opportunity to us to show care for the old people. In most families, young people go out for work very early in the morning and have no time to go home during lunch. So the retired parents would feel very lonely at home. Therefore, they feel very happy when dinner time comes and they cherish it very much because it is a chance for them to learn more about their sons or daughters’ lives and works. At dinner, some people would tell about the difficulties and problems they encountered in the work and listen to their parent’s suggestions, because the old people usually have abundant experiences about the life. As the little one at home, I would tell news and interesting things happened outside is very helpful for the elder’s health both physically and spiritually.

For kids and young children, home dinner must be the happiest time in the whole day. They can sit together with their parents and grandparents, telling about various strange stories happened in their kindergartens or schools. As a Chinese we tend to educated our children with values on the dinner table, for instance, the parents would tell them that, on the table, it is important to show respect for the elders and one can’t just eat without caring other’s need. Piddling about food or making noises when eating are also regarded as impolite behaviors. Sometimes parents would make use of the dinner time to ask their children’s study and answer questions from them. On the contrary, if parents treat their children with indifferences on the dinner table, that would not only affects children’s health, but also hurt their heart.

Most people learned all their childhood lessons on the dinner tables. It is not an exaggeration to say that the educations during the home dinners can affect children’s views of life and their future personality as well.

As a Chinese, the memories about the home dinner would be one of the happy reminiscence in one’s life. The reason we called home a warm place and a harbor, is that there are family members who are waiting for us to have dinner together. Home dinner represents the love and togetherness. How we communicate on the dinner table is actually an art worth us to think about.

Cheng Woh, founded in 1933, have over 30 types of herbal soups, desserts and flower teas. We believe that the best way to for people to come together is through healthy food. We strive to bring good soup of optimal nutrition and vital ingredients of taste and pleasure.

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