Traditional Han costumes worn for Winter Solstice in Chongqing

15:19, December 21, 2010      

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On Dec. 20, nearly 100 citizens wearing Hanfu, the traditional dress of majority Han Chinese, attend a sacrifice at Huguang Guild in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality in celebration of the upcoming Winter Solstice.(

Winter Solstice, which falls around Dec. 22 each year, is an important festival and seasonal division point for Chinese people.

The tradition of Winter Solstice in China has been handed down from 2,500 years ago until now. On this day, people in North China will butcher goats and eat dumplings and wontons, while southerners will have winter solstice rice balls and long noodles. And all across China, sacrifice to heaven and ancestors is offered on this day.

By Ye Xin, People's Daily Online
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