It's 冬至 or toji, winder solstice day today when the day time is the shortest and the night time is the longest. In Chinese calendar, it is a happy day that the Sun's movement starts.
In Japan, we have a custom to eat pumpkin on winter solstice day.
It is said there are two reasons why. One, 南瓜 nankin is another name for pumpkin and eating something that end with "n" is believed to bring fortune in. Two, pumpkin contains a lot of vitamin and carotene and although the best season is summer, it can be stored until winter. So it is a wisdom of living to eat nutritious pumpkin not to catch cold.
One other custom is to take yuzu citrus bath. As you may know, Japanese fill bathtub with warm water and soak in it to relax. We put some yuzu in bathtub on solstice day because doing this on the day is believed to keep away cold. At some public bath, you may see yuzu bath on the day.
Is there any custom you do on solstice day in your country ?
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