After this day, many places in China go through thecoldest period, which is called in Chinese, “Shu Jiu”. In total, there are nineperiods with nine days for each. In the first and second nine days, people keeptheir hands in pockets; in the third and fourth nine days, people can walk onice; in the fifth and sixth nice days, people can see willows along the riverbank; in the seventh and eighth nine days, the swallow comes back and in theninth nine days, the yak starts working.
汤圆 sweet dumplings / Tang-Yuan
【例句】In China, people eat tangyuan (sticky riceballs) to symbolize family unity and harmony.
Eating soft dumplings in winter is verynice.
饺子 Chinesedumpling / Jiaozi
【例句】Mother served a piping hot bowl of Chinesedumplings.