Chinese Winter Solstice - The Tang-Yuan Day

Chinese Winter Solstice: The Tang-Yuan Day (a.k.a. Yuan Xiao)

Tang-Yuan The Tang-Yuan Day is Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice is on December 21, 2016 in China. Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year in China. It's in the cold December and Chinese eat Tang-Yuan SoupYuan to keep their body warm. In Chinese language, Tang Soup is soup and Yuan Yuan is round, which implies reunion, fully satisfaction. In old farmer society, the poor couldn't afford meat, then they have Tang-Yuan on the Winter Solstice.

Sweet Tang-Yuan

Tang-Yuan are sweet glutinous balls made by sweet rice and served with hot sugar water. It's kind of sticky. Not every children can swallow them. So people make some Tang-Yuan in red color, which make them prettier. Later, the variety of Tang-Yuan were invented. Tang-Yuan are filled with different ingredients inside such as red bean paste, creamy peanut or sesame paste. Also, Tang-Yuan soup can be served with whole red bean or whole peanut and become a tasty dessert.

To eat Tang-Yuan on the Winter Solstice is a required custom. All children are told that people can add one year for their age after eating Tang-Yuan.

Note: In Chou Dynasty (1122 B.C.), Chinese used Winter Solstice as the first day of the year. It might be too cold to celebrate the new year in the late December. Later, the Chinese New Year day was moved to early spring.

Winter Solstice Day is around December 21 every year. The time of Winter Solstice determines the date of Winter Solstice. Since the times and dates of Winter Solstice are different in different time zones, The data of Winter Solstice might fall into different days.

China Time Zone US PST Time Zone US EST Time Zone
December 22, 2013  01:12 AM
December 22, 2014  07:04 AM
December 22, 2015  12:49 PM
December 21, 2016  18:45 PM
December 21, 2017  00:29 AM
December 22, 2018  06:24 AM
December 21, 2013  09:12 AM
December 21, 2014  15:04 PM
December 21, 2015  20:49 PM
December 21, 2016  02:45 AM
December 21, 2017  08:29 AM
December 21, 2018  14:24 PM
December 21, 2013  12:12 PM
December 21, 2014  18:04 PM
December 21, 2015  23:49 PM
December 21, 2016  05:45 AM
December 21, 2017  11:29 AM
December 21, 2018  17:24 PM