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December 21, 2020 -- winter solstice or dong zhi (冬至).
Traditionally, the Dongzhi Festival is also a time for the family to get together. One activity that occurs during these get-togethers (especially in the southern parts of China and in Chinese communities overseas) is the making and eating of tang yuan (湯圓) or balls of glutinous rice, which symbolize reunion.
Tang yuan are made of glutinous rice flour and are sometimes brightly colored. Each family member receives at least one large tang yuan in addition to several small ones. The flour balls are occasionally pink or green. They are cooked in a sweet soup or savory broth with both the ball and the soup/broth served in one bowl. Cantonese families like to add ginger to the broth as well.
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