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Things you may not know about dahan
    2016-01-22  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

    THE traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. Dahan (大寒, meaning “major cold”), the 24th solar term, began this year Wednesday and ends Feb. 4. During this period, snow, rain and icy cold weather have a big influence on people’s lives. Here are the things you may want to know about it.

    Cold current

    As the cold current moves southward, the weather is very cold. Although modern meteorological observation shows that in some regions of China the weather during dahan is not colder than xiaohan (小寒, meaning “minor cold”), the lowest temperatures of the whole year still occur in this period in some coastal areas.

    Eating ‘cold-dispelling cake’

    People in Beijing have a habit of eating a kind of rice cake. Glutinous rice, the cake’s main ingredient, helps people feel warm all over their bodies. In Chinese the word “rice cake” has a similar pronunciation with the word “higher in a new year,” which symbolizes good luck and progress.

    Eating fried spring roll

    In eastern China’s Jiangsu and Anhui provinces, people traditionally eat fried spring rolls. They use a round, cooked, thin pancake to wrap stuffing into a thin roll. Then it is fried in a pan with oil until it turns yellow and crisp. The stuffing inside the spring roll contains meat and/or vegetables and the flavor is often salty.

    Drinking stewed soup

    Residents in Nanjing, Jiangsu Province like to drink stewed soup to help them keep warm. They always stew a hen of several years with ginseng, matrimony vine and black fungus.

    Winter sports

    There is a saying that goes, “Dripping water freezes during dahan and xiaohan.” In northern parts of China, dahan is the perfect time for winter sports such as skiing, ice skating and sledding.(SD-Agencies)

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