In the Gregorian calendar, the Minor Cold usually falls around January 5, and more often refers in particular to the day when the sun is exactly at the celestial longitude of 285°. Normally, the weather is becoming cold rapidly, and sometimes it is the coldest period of the year.
In the past, people in Nanjing attached great importance to the Minor Cold, but now almost everybody has forgotten the solar term and its related customs. We can find traces of celebrations of the Minor Cold in daily life.
Normally, Nanjing natives cooked vegetable rice on this day. Although people used different ingredients, three Nanjing specialties, Chinese cabbage, sausage, and salted preserved duck, were the first choice. The authentic vegetable rice is very popular and delicious, and can be compared with Laba porridge (porridge with nuts and dried fruits eaten on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month).
In Guangzhou, people ate fried glutinous rice in the early morning of the Minor Cold. This rice is made from glutinous rice, fragrant rice, bacon, sausage, and peanuts
I updated this article on April 18, 2013
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