The traditional Chinese lunar calendar divides the year into 24 solar terms. The Start of Winter (Chinese:立冬), the 19th solar term of the year, begins today.
In ancient times, the Chinese people took the Start of Winter to be the beginning of the winter, but according to the modern calendar, winter begins at different times across China due to its vast size.
In the old agrarian lifestyle, this was the time to take a break and indulge a little with your family.
There’s still the saying, “eat dumplings on Start of Winter Day, or your ears will be frostbitten”.
Many Start of Winter customs include eating energy rich foods, like the aforementioned dumplings, lamb, eggs, fish, dairy, and beans. These all are supposed to increase the hot yang energy, preparing you for the coming cold.