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24 Solar Terms: 9 things you may not know about Winter Solstice

2016-December-21       Source: Chinadaily.com.cn

The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Winter Solstice (Chinese: 冬至), the 22nd solar term of the year, begins this year on Dec 21 and ends on Jan 4.

24 Solar Terms: 9 things you may not know about Winter Solstice

Nine-layer cakes. [Photo/Weibo]

Offering nine-layer cakes to ancestors

Taiwan residents keep the custom of offering nine-layer cakes to their ancestors. People with the same surname or family clan gather at their ancestral temples to worship their ancestors in order of their ages. After the sacrificial ceremony, there is always a grand banquet.

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