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24 Solar Terms: 9 things about Winter Solstice

Updated: 2023-12-22 08:05 ( chinadaily.com.cn )
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The Winter Solstice Festival

There was a saying in ancient China, "The Winter Solstice is as significant as the Spring Festival."

As early as the Zhou Dynasty (c.11th century-256BC), people worshipped the gods on the first day of the Winter Solstice, which also was the first day of the new year. The Winter Solstice became a winter festival during the Han Dynasty (206 BC-220AD). The celebratory activities were officially organized. On this day, both officials and common people would have a rest.

During subsequent dynasties, such as the Tang (618-907), Song (960-1279) and Qing dynasties (1644-1911), the Winter Solstice was a day to offer sacrifices to Heaven and to ancestors.

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