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Published: Sunday December 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday December 22, 2013 MYT 10:20:32 AM

Chinese all set for Winter Solstice Festival

Traditional delicacy: Hor attending to customers at the Cecil Street Market.

Traditional delicacy: Hor attending to customers at the Cecil Street Market.

GEORGE TOWN: While many families would gather around the table to knead “tang yuen” dough during the Winter Solstice Festival, Hor Tiong Hoong and his family members will prepare and sell it in the market.

When met at the Cecil Street Market, the 30-year-old salesman said he and his two brothers always helped their parents to sell the delicacy.

“My parents have been operating a stall at the market for more than 20 years selling seasonal delicacies like ‘tang yuen’,” said Hor.

He said they had kept the old price so that customers would not be burdened.

“The economy has been slow, so we decided to maintain the price,” said Hor.

Among the many customers who were seen buying the rice ball was K.H. Chin.

“After my parents passed away, we rarely have time to do it anymore. So, it is easier to buy the ready-made ones,” said the 48-year-old teacher.

Chin, who currently resides in Kuala Lumpur, said she would usually return to Penang with her family to meet up with relatives.

Celebrated on the longest night of the year, the Winter Solstice Festival is the day when sunshine is weakest and the daylight shortest.

The coming of winter is celebrated by Chinese families and certain communities in East Asia. It is traditionally the time when farmers and fishermen gather food in preparation for the coming cold season.

It is also a time for family reunions.

Tags / Keywords: Family & Community, winter solstice

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