Dong Zhi
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Dong Zhi
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Dong Zhi is the thanksgiving of the Chinese calendar. It is an occasion for the family to get together to celebrate the good year they have had. The festival began as a farmer's festival to celebrate year-end harvest.

Dong Zhi is celebrated on the longest night of the year, when sunshine is weakest and daylight is the shortest. It usually occurs 6 weeks before the Chinese New Year and normally falls between the 21st and the 23rd of December.

Dong Zhi is the last festival of the year. It coincides with the winter solstice and it is a time for the entire family to get together to celebrate the past good year. Some Chinese "traditionalists" even believe that everyone turns a year older after Dong Zhi.

Tang Yuan, sweet soup of glutinuous rice flour balls are cooked and eaten to signify unity and harmony within the family. Tang Yuan can be plain or filled with sesame, peanuts, red beans or almonds. The round shape symbolizes wholeness and unity, and the tradition is an important celebration of family unity and family prosperity.

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