Holidays in Taiwan 2022
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Date(s) - 22/12/2022
The Dongzhi Festival is the Winter Solstice. It’s celebrated in Taiwan by cooking and eating Tangyuan which is small balls made of glutinous rice.
The Dongzhi Festival is also known as the Winter Solstice Festival which is seen as a time for family get-togethers.
One of the festival’s traditions is cooking and eating Tangyuan, small balls made of glutinous rice. They are considered to be a symbol of reunion because their name is a homophone for the Chinese word for “union”. Tangyan is typically served as a dessert, they can be plain or stuffed with sesame, sweet bean paste, tangerine peel, etc. In northern China, people also eat savory dumplings on Dongzhi.
In Taiwan, people use festive food as an offering to the deceased ancestors. The Taiwanese also have a unique custom of making nine-layer animal-shaped cakes as a ceremonial sacrifice to honor their ancestors. The most common shapes are a chicken, cow, pig, sheep, duck, or tortoise. All these animals are associated with auspiciousness in Chinese tradition.
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