The picture above is the snack of our lunch today, a bowl of sweet rice ball. It means something in this season.
Tomorrow (Dec. 22) is "Dong-Jr" (Winter solstice) on lunar calendar, we eat sweet or salty rice ball and it is an important day in Chinese society. After we eat rice ball, it means that everyone comes across a year (Your age will be added one year more, for instance, yesterday you were 11 and after Dong-Jr you become 12). At night, every family eats different kinds of rice ball, and your e-pal class will take some photos for you tomorrow night and I will present them as soon as possible.
We have watched the news reports and we are very excited and hope to learn from you more. Thank you for all the video taping and news recording from your part. Your classroom setting is so cool, so different from ours and we are all very interested in your sport in winter and activities....Keep in touch.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (for your reference)
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The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days. Depending on the shift of the calendar, the winter solstice usually occurs on December 21 to 23 each year in the Northern Hemisphere, and June 20 to 23 in the Southern Hemisphere.
Worldwide, interpretation of the event has varied from culture to culture, but most cultures have held a recognition of rebirth, involving holidays, festivals, gatherings, rituals or other celebrations around that time