Overseas students sample Winter Solstice traditions
Updated: 2016-12-28

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A group of international students from Shanghai Ocean University learn how to make dumplings to celebrate the Winter Solstice on Dec 20. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

The Winter Solstice, the 22nd solar term of the year, inspired a group of international students from Shanghai Ocean University (SHOU) on Dec 20 to follow the Chinese tradition of celebration – making and eating dumplings.

In China, a year is divided into 24 solar terms according to the traditional Chinese calendar. The Winter Solstice marks the arrival of the coldest season of the year and lasts from Dec 21, 2016 to Jan 4, 2017.

The students learned, under the chef's guidance, how to make meat filling and dumpling wrappers, how to fold the sides of the wrapper together and how to shape the edges.

Joyously the students shared their skills and showed off their dumplings– all shaped in various styles, round, long, pointed and oblate.

After tasting their dumplings, the students learned of other Chinese traditions for celebrating the Winter Solstice. They learned that making dumplings is most popular in North China, and that people in South China, especially Shanghai locals, favor making wonton and tangyuan, a type of small stuffed dumpling ball made of glutinous rice flour.
 

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International students eat dumplings together on Dec 20. [Photo provided to study-shanghai.org]

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