Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival

Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival

Dongzhi Festival or Winter Solstice Festival or The Extreme of Winter is one of the most important festivals celebrated by the Chinese and other East Asians during the dongzhi solar term on or around December 21 when sunshine is weakest and daylight shortest; i.e., on the first day of the dongzhi solar term. The seasonal significance of the winter solstice is in the reversal of the gradual lengthening of nights and shortening of days.

The coming of winter is celebrated by families and 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.

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THE BUZZ: US seeks China’s help after cyberattack

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The United States is asking China for help as it weighs potential responses to a cyberattack against Sony Pictures Entertainment that the U.S. has blamed on North Korea. A senior Obama administration official says the U.S. and China have shared information about the attack and that the U.S. has asked for China’s cooperation. The official […]

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A forgotten dictator | Panama’s Noriega in prison 25 years post-invasion

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Former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega is nearly forgotten, languishing in a steamy jungle prison near the interoceanic canal while the country enjoys democracy and economic prosperity a quarter-century after the strongman was toppled by a U.S. military invasion. The U.S. intervention known as Just Cause began 25 years ago on Saturday, on Dec. 20, 1989, […]

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World Briefs

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AUSTRALIA Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, yesterday reshuffled his cabinet and pledged to reset his government with a renewed focus on the economy in a bid to tackle a slump in poll ratings. Fifteen months into a three-year term in office, Mr Abbott sacked defense minister David Johnston, and promoted immigration minister Scott Morrison to the post of minister of social […]

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President visit | Day 1 : ‘Be prepared before the rainy days come,’ Xi says

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It’s been nearly five years since state leader Xi Jinping’s last visit to Macau, when the city was engulfed in the global financial crisis. Today, the gambling hub has survived and thrived, but it is at another critical juncture. When meeting with MSAR’s top government officials, lawmakers, political leaders and dignitaries last Friday, president Xi […]

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President visit | Day 2 : Gov’t sworn in, Xi calls for diversification, warns of development risks

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The fourth term of the Chief Executive and the governance team of Macau SAR was inaugurated Saturday morning, with the re-appointed CE Chui Sai On, new principal officials and Executive Councilors all sworn in. Chinese president Xi Jinping, who administered the oath of office, addressed four aspirations for the MSAR government. He urged Macau to […]

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President gets tough as USD75b in casino value wiped

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  During Xi Jinping’s first visit to Macau as China’s president, the city’s casinos would like to hear a reassuring word that might revive their tumbling stock prices. They’re not likely to get it. Xi is the man responsible for the two-year campaign against corruption in China, scaring away high rollers who have helped make […]

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Coastal waters management to be transferred to MSAR

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Chinese president Xi Jinping announced on Friday that China and Macau have begun preparations to ensure Macau’s management of its own coastal waters. In the near future, Macau’s coastal waters will be managed by the local government instead of Beijing. “This time, I come to announce the official initiation of relevant works for Macau’s coastal […]

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CE visits Beijing to report on gov’t work

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Macau’s leader Chui Sai On will be travelling to Beijing on Wednesday to meet state leaders and report on the MSAR’s government work throughout the current year. The Government Information Bureau said in a statement that Mr Chui Sai On will be in Beijing between Wednesday and Saturday to present an overview of MSAR’s work […]

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Giant pandas to ‘bring happiness’ to town

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The Chinese central government will offer Macau a pair of giant pandas, president Xi Jinping said here on Friday. “I hope they will grow up healthily and bring happiness to Macau’s people,” Xi told Chief Executive Chui Sai On. He said the central government made the decision at Chui’s request. Five years ago the central […]

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HK activists and reporters refused entry

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  Amid heightened security during Xi Jinping’s two-day visit, a group of 14 Hong Kong activists and four Apple Daily reporters were refused entry to Macau as they posed “a threat to public safety.” This follows a similar refusal early this month, as outspoken Apple Daily reported on December 13 that one of its reporters […]

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