Dongzhi Festival 15,000km From Home

2

This is the story of how 5 Malaysian students celebrated the Dongzhi Festival -- otherwise known as the Winter Solstice Festival.

Credits: shuttersentinel17

Dongzhi Festival, or the Winter Solstice festival, is an important celebration among the Chinese community. Traditionally, family members will get together and make tangyuan, a dessert soup consisting of glutinous rice flour and tongsui, which literally means sugar water. Eating the dish symbolizes family reunion and togetherness.

Back home in Malaysia, my grandparents, parents, uncles and aunts will get together and make tangyuan before dinner for dessert after it. The act of rolling small chunks of rice flour into small balls is fun and the adults often employ the kids to help out. Traditionally, while the “default” shape of tangyuans are somewhat spherical, playfulness often steps in and we always see shapes like cubes, cones and even animal shapes appearing from time to time! But since shape doesn’t affect the taste, it presents an opportunity where kids can shape their food and thus the enjoyable process of moulding the tangyuan.

In Nottingham, me and 4 of my friends also got together to celebrate the festival together, like any other overseas Chinese. Thankfully there are oriental supermarkets here where we can get our ingredients! We started by mixing the rice flour with water to form a dough. Meanwhile, another prepares the ginger to be used for the soup.

Credits: shuttersentinel17

From time to time some decided to just fool around. When the dough is ready everyone will have to stop fooling around and start to shape the tangyuans. We also crushed some peanuts with a pestle and mortar to be mixed with sugar. When all the dough is used up, we ended up with powdery hands and played with the powdered table surface. Time to boil the tangyuans! While the tangyuans are being shaped, ginger and rock sugar were added to a pot of boiling water for the soup.

Tangyuans were mixed to the soup after they are cooked, and were served immediately! While the tangyuans are being shaped, ginger and rock sugar were added to a pot of boiling water for the soup. Tangyuans were mixed to the soup after they are cooked, and were served immediately! And this is us with our homemade tangyuan dessert! Have a happy belated Dongshi festival!

Credits: shuttersentinel17

written by shuttersentinel17 on 2011-12-27 in #lifestyle #friends #lomo #yuan #solstice #tang #nottingham #united #c200 #lc-wide #clifton #fuji #winter #kingdom #malaysia

2 Comments

  1. wil6ka
    wil6ka ·

    that was quite interesting!

  2. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    ^..^ ^..^ Happy New year..<:)

More Interesting Articles

  • My First Lomo Affair: Clownshoes and his Lomo Smena Symbol

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-06-05 in #lifestyle
    My First Lomo Affair: Clownshoes and his Lomo Smena Symbol

    For a short time, Blaine Vernicek, otherwise known as clownshoes in our Community, needed to be away from his beloved muse, Miss Katie, and stay in another state because of his new job. But thanks to his Lomo Smena Symbol, he was able to bring with him photographs of his sweetheart that somehow helped him forget the unnerving distance between them. Read on to find out more about this heartwarming story in this installment of My First Lomo Affair!

    7
  • LomoGuru of the Week: stonerfairy

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-07-27 in #lifestyle
    LomoGuru of the Week: stonerfairy

    This friendly girl from Singapore loves doing multiple exposure shots and exchanging films and stories with her fellow Lomographers. Let's all cheer for the enthusiastic lomographer Norlizah, most popularly known in the Community as stonerfairy, our LomoGuru of the Week!

    17
  • Meet Our LomoGuru: herbert-4

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-02-14 in #people #lifestyle
    Meet Our LomoGuru: herbert-4

    Herbert Morris has been taking photographs for almost 60 years. From being his family's event photographer, he now acts as one of the community's resident guides who's always willing to give advice—photography related or otherwise—to fellow lomographers. In this interview, Herbert shares tidbits about his life as a war veteran and how being a sneaky photographer preserved the memories of his aunt.

    30
  • Shop News

    La Sardina and Flash + Fritz the Blitz Adaptor Pack

    La Sardina and Flash + Fritz the Blitz Adaptor Pack

    The La Sardina and Flash + Fritz the Blitz Adaptor Pack allows you to take dynamic, wide-angled flash-infused photos on the go!

  • 10 Films We’d Like to See at Cannes 2015

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-05-13 in #world #news #lifestyle
    10 Films We’d Like to See at Cannes 2015

    The Cannes Film Festival showcases some of the world's best cinematographic masterpieces. It is an annual event that is highly anticipated by fans and connoisseurs of both mainstream and independent cinema. This year's festival has officially opened and film buffs everywhere are excited, at the same time curious, about which film will win the Palme d'Or. We are in no position to predict the winner, but we do have our favorites, from the ones in competition and otherwise. In no definitive order, here is a list of 10 films that we'd like to see.

  • Doubles With You: Pink, Violet and Blue by erikagrendel and marta1901

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-06-21 in #lifestyle
    Doubles With You: Pink, Violet and Blue by erikagrendel and marta1901

    We are back with another exciting <a href="http://www.lomography.com/magazine/tags/14084-doubles-with-you"> Doubles With You! </a>This time we are zooming in on this candy-toned album by Erika Grendelova, otherwise known as <a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/erikagrendel">erikagrendel</a>, and Marta Huguet Cuadrado, aka <a href="http://www.lomography.com/homes/marta1901">marta1901</a>!

    3
  • 4 Years in Paradise: Living and Learning in French Polynesia

    written by Jill Tan Radovan on 2015-02-04 in #world #locations
    4 Years in Paradise: Living and Learning in French Polynesia

    People seek extraordinary experiences while traveling, but not everyone gets to have an adventure of a lifetime. When lomographer Stephane Heinz (popularly known as vicuna in the Lomography community) saw the opportunity, he took the chance to travel and live miles away from his hometown in France. He and his wife, Kathi, came back home with a luggage full of valuable experiences and life lessons. Vicuna tells us about his four-year adventure in French Polynesia in this travel special.

    24
  • Shop News

    Fuji Instax Wide 300 & 10x Fuji Instax Wide Film

    Fuji Instax Wide 300 & 10x Fuji Instax Wide Film

    With this bundle you are ready to shoot with the Fuji Instax Wide 300 and dig in to the instax world – on top you save 20% on Fuji Wide film!

  • Two Days and One Night in Vibrant Sapa

    written by choidaehan on 2015-05-13 in #world #lifestyle #locations
    Two Days and One Night in Vibrant Sapa

    For three months last year, I traveled to 11 cities of eight Southeast Asian countries. My first destination from my hometown of Seoul was Vietnam. After 10 days in Hanoi, I joined a group tour to Sapa, an area known for its hill tribes. This is a photo story of my two days and one night in this remote but vibrant place.

    1
  • The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    written by wil6ka on 2015-04-09 in #world #locations
    The World According to Herr Willie: The Amazon

    It was the Amazon which I had longed for my whole life. And when it was finally a set deal that I will travel to Brazil with two of my best friends for the Copa do Mundo (World Cup), we really had to start our adventure in the Amazon. I had known about this magical place deep in the rainforest. There was a lodge run by local people of indigenous background, with wooden houses that float on the water and a limited number of visitors. It was eco-tourism as how it should be. To preserve and to celebrate one of the most impressive locations I have seen so far.

    6
  • LomoGuru of the Week: trash-gordon-from-outerspace

    written by icequeenubia on 2014-08-17 in #lifestyle
    LomoGuru of the Week: trash-gordon-from-outerspace

    He is a graphic designer from Kassel, Germany who has been a Community member for about a decade. His ten-year stay has been remarkably fruitful. Aside from honing his photography skills, it is in this Community of ours where he met his girlfriend, made a lot of friends, and helped organize a huge weekend meet-up for fellow lomographers. Say hello to Daniel Lauterbach, also known as trash-gordon-from-outer-space, our LomoGuru of the Week!

    12
  • Shop News

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Fuji Instax Wide 300

    Shoot wider and bigger with this new instax camera that has film format twice the size of the instax mini films!

  • Spinner 360: Pull the Cord and Let the Magic Happen!

    written by adi_totp on 2014-09-09 in #reviews
    Spinner 360: Pull the Cord and Let the Magic Happen!

    The story between the Spinner 360 and I goes way back to the year 2010, when Lomography decided to send me a beta model of the Spinner 360 to test. It was a complete surprise! I thought, "What the hell is that?" as I first took this camera out of the package. Then, when my little brother grabbed it from me and pulled the cord, it buzzed and turned 360°! We all had the same expression: "Whoa..."

    4
  • Kino Stories: 'Sirens of Titan' by mok

    written by chooolss on 2014-07-01 in #lifestyle
    Kino Stories: 'Sirens of Titan' by mok

    The first moon landing in 1969 is just one of the many events that we celebrate every July, and so to commemorate this historic occasion as well as to kickstart the month, we have this stop-motion film by mok!

    1
  • Newcomer of the Week: frauhaase

    written by Eunice Abique on 2015-04-12 in #world #lifestyle
    Newcomer of the Week: frauhaase

    Kathi Haas, also known in the community as frauhaase, is a graphic designer from Lübeck, Germany. She is passionate about documenting Lübeck’s bicycle scene through photographs. In this interview, our Newcomer of the Week shares more about her project and how one community member inspired her to shoot analog.

    4