Reasons for “Winter Solstice is as important as Lunar New Year”
Today (21 December) is the Winter Solstice on Chinese Lunar Calendar.
Although Hong Kong is under the 4th wave of Covid-19 outbreak, citizens still have big meal at home to celebrate.
Chinese old saying, “the Winter Solstice is as big as the Chinese New Year”, shows the importance of this solar term or festival.
Frank the tour guide is going to explain why the Winter Solstice is as important as the Lunar New Year.
Winter Festival celebration was actually the royal tradition.
Winter Solstice is also the turning point of the year on the length of daytime.
Common people sees the Winter Solstice as the beginning of the end of winter.
They also see the celebration as the dress rehearsal for the approach of Chinese New Year, Spring and warm weather.
Winter solstice symbolizes Chinese hope for better future, just like vaccines bring hope to the pandemic-stricken world.
Frank hopes vaccines is the turning point of the year-long pandemic and the world can return to normal in 2021.
So Frank can share interesting Chinese culture with clients during his Hong Kong private tour service.
Winter Solstice is important as it is the royal tradition and the annual turning point on the length on daytime
Winter Solstice has become special because the royal families gave the solar term importance.
About 3000 years ago, Winter Solstice was chosen by the emperors as the beginning of the new year.
From the Han Dynasty (202 BC to 220 AD), the emperors called Winter Solstice as the Winter Festival.
The government had a large celebration for the festival.
The whole government even had a day off!
Nowadays, although only Macau SAR keeps Winter Solstice day as the public holiday, a lot of Chinese bosses still allow the employees to return home earlier to enjoy the reunion dinner and celebrate the festival.
Common Chinese people attach importance to Winter Solstice because it is the turning point of the year on the length of daytime.
Although Winter Solstice day has the shortest daytime and longest nighttime, after the day with longest night, the daytime will become longer and the warm springtime will come soon!
Thus people sees Winter Solstice is a lucky and significant festive day.
People want the cold and dry wintertime ends as quick as possible.
People’s celebration, e.g. reunion dinner and eating dumpling dessert, reflects people’s hope for their better future in the coming spring.
Frank hopes he can share interesting Chinese culture story with clients in his private tour in 2021
Frank the tour guide thinks that vaccines just like the Winter Solstice, which symbolizes common people’s hope for better future.
Vaccines actually bring hope to the suffering people and the pandemic-stricken-world.
Frank hopes vaccines can be the turning point of the Covid-19 pandemic and the world can return to normal step by step in 2021.
Thus Frank can share Chinese culture with clients during his Hong Kong private tour service.