Dong Zhi (which means “Winter Arrives”) is the Chinese celebration of the winter solstice. Taking place six weeks before the Chinese New Year, the festival has its own significance for many. Some believe this is a day when everyone becomes one year older.
Years ago, the celebration began as a harvest festival, when farmers and fisherman spent time celebrating with their families. While not an official holiday today, it remains a time for families to join together to celebrate the year that has passed and share good wishes for the year to come.