Tag Archives: seasonal


Winter Solstice Festival (冬至)

冬至 dōng zhì Winter Solstice Festival “The Winter Solstice Festival is very important to the Chinese culture.  It is celebrated around December 21, the shortest day of the year.  This festival celebrates longer daylight, which means that there’s more positive energy.  For this festival, families get together and eat tangyuan.  Tangyuan are glutinous rice balls… Continue Reading »

Eve of St. John’s Fires

On the midsummer solstice, or the Eve of St. John, fires are lit and maidens wear wreaths in their hair to celebrate the longest day of the year.   My informant first attended this festival with her family as a little girl, and mostly remembered the beautiful wreaths all of the girls would wear in… Continue Reading »

Marzanna

My informant was raised in Poland and has lived there most of her life.  In the late 1970’s, she first participated in this traditional festival as one of her Girl Scout activities.  She explained that this festival dates back to pagan times, and that everyone was allowed to participate.  They would build a doll of… Continue Reading »