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[24 solar term] Major snow

Updated:2017-12-07 12:01:04   chinadaily.com.cn

In this year’s Chinese lunar calendar, Today (December 7) marks the Major Snow, the 21st solar term of the year, which marks significant drop in the temperature and the snow becomes heavy in the up-coming two weeks. Typical Chinese folk customs in the period are as follows.

Appreciating wintersweet

Wintersweet usually blossoms in mid-to-late December in some southern cities of China. Sometimes it even blooms earlier. Wintersweet originated in China and is highly appreciated in Chinese culture for its endurance in severe winters. With pine and bamboo, it is referred to as one of the Three Friends of Winter.

Making sausages

During Major Snow, Chinese people in South China such as in Nanjing, Hangzhou, Hefei, Chongqing make sausages, an important part of preparation for the Spring Festival.

The best meat for sausage is that of the pig's buttock. The sausage should be dried in a well-ventilated place in the shade. After a week, they are edible. Cut a certain amount off, and boil or fry it as you like.

Eating porridge

Warm porridge could help increase one's personal heat and nourish the body in cold weather. In China, there is custom to eat red bean porridge on the first day of Winter Solstice and eight-treasure porridge on the eighth day of the last month of the lunar year. In addition, there are other porridges such as wheat porridge, sesame porridge, radish porridge, walnut porridge and tuckahoe porridge.

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Editor: Eric Wang