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How do countries in Asia celebrate the summer solstice?

How do countries in Asia celebrate the summer solstice?

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Summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the shortest night. It usually occurs between June 20 and 22 in the Northern Hemisphere. This first day of summer is celebrated all around the globe, and is done so differently in each country.


China

In ancient China, the summer solstice is celebrated in honour of the earth, femininity and the force known as 'yin'. Which lies in harmony with the celebration of the winter solstice, which masculinity and 'yang' is praised. Tribes traditionally participate in a ritual in which couples would jump through the fames of a fire pit, to predict how high the crops would grow that year.


 

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Japan

The summer solstice in Japan is a time of purification of soul and body. The ritual "Geshisai" is an annual event at Futami Okitami shrine, where hundreds of people in white step into the sea to purify their body and soul as the sun rises between a pair of sacred rocks. These two rocks are called Meotoiwa or Wedded Rocks, as the bigger (male) rock and the smaller (female) rock are tied with five sacred straw ropes.


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India

In India the summer solstice coincides with the international day of yoga, which is widely participated throughout the country through mass yoga sessions. Adiyogi, who is known to be the first yogi, is believed to have met his disciplines on the summer solstice. Celebrants of both events honour the day by practicing body-mind discipline.

If you can't visit these Asian countries during summer solstice, celebrate the day in the comfort of your own home! Check out our website and see how you can replicate the authentic experience of Asian cuisine here.


5 delicious Eid-al Fitr dishes

5 delicious Eid-al Fitr dishes

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Eid-al-Fitr marks the end of the Ramadan; a religious holiday that is celebrated by Muslims world-wide. It is an important religious celebration that marks the end of the fasting period, and is enjoyed by prayer and food with family and friends. These festivities traditionally last for three days, depending on what day it lands on the calendar. Stuck on what to cook for the three-day celebration and in need inspiration? Here are our 5 must have dishes to have during your Eid-al-Fitr party!


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1. Rendang

Rendang is a Malaysian spicy coconut curry, that is filled with rich and traditional flavours, usually served with white rice. This dish has become a crowd favourite during the holy month and has spread throughout Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines. 


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2. Butter Cookies

For a quick and easy dessert that both the adults and children will love, butter cookies are your best bet! Originating in Palestine, these are called 'Graybeh' are a dessert made from pine nuts or almonds. Extra ingredients can be added for extra flavour, such as walnuts and dates.


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3. Lapis Legit

No party is complete without a cake! Lapis Legit is an Indonesian thousand-layer cake, where each layer is made from poured and broiled batter, before being assembled into the finished product. It is a tedious dessert to make but it is well worth it in the end. 


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 4.       Raan

Raan is an Indian inspired dish which consists of a spiced and seasoned roast leg of lamb. Paired with a salad, it is an easy dish to cook. If this dish isn't demolished by your guests, the leftovers are still sensational and can be made into a salad or sandwiches for the next day!


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5. Spiced Potatoes

This North Indian dish is a great pair for all your hearty stews and curries. It is usually seasoned with chaat masala and served with hari and tamarind chutney but can be altered to your own taste. It is also a great vegetarian option!

Marking the end of Ramadan with a feast with friends and family is a joyous celebration but can often be quite stressful in regard to the preparation for the event. Take the stress out of cooking by checking out the range at Asian Home Gourmet. Bringing traditional and authentic dishes to you in the most convenient way. 


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