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Winter Solstice Festival Back ->

Time: 2018-12-21

Winter Solstice Festival, also named Dongzhi Festival, one of the 24 Chinese traditional solar terms, will come in Saturday in 22th Dec.

In this day, the Earth’s titled axis is facing its farthest from the sun in the Northern Hemisphere - happens at 3:23 p.m.

The word solstice comes from Latin sol “sun” and sistere “to stand still.” In the Northern Hemisphere, as summer advances to winter, the points on the horizon where the Sun rises and sets advance southward each day; the high point in the Sun’s daily path across the sky, which occurs at local noon, also moves southward each day.

For thousands of years people built structures to track the changing position of the sun, Ancient structures that allow you to track the shifting position of the sun between its extremes are found all over the world. Stonehenge is one of the larger of these structures begun perhaps 5,000 years ago with its main axis aligned toward sunrise on the June solstice.

For more than 4,000 years, Stonehenge has stood like a Neolithic sundial, marking the longest day of the year and the shortest - taking aim at the sun like a giant stone gunsight. Every year, people flock to the ancient monument in Wiltshire, England, to watch the sunrise during the winter solstice, when the structure is directly aligned toward the sun.

Different places have different customs during the winter solstice. Eating dumplings has become the custom of the winter solstice of most northern Chinese, in many parts of southern China, the winter solstice has the custom of eating rice balls. Different dietary customs give the same expectation and blessing, which is the yearning and expectation for healthy reunion.