8 things you may not know about Start of Winter
Updated: 2016-11-07 05:00
Costumes worn by the people of the Manchu Eight Banners. [file photo]
Offering sacrifices to ancestors
The Start of Winter, when the autumn crops have been placed in storage, was the time of the festival for the people of the Manchu Eight Banners and Han Eight Banners in Benxi of Liaoning province. Incense was burned and sacrifices offered to ancestors. The Eight Banners (baqi) were administrative/military divisions during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911).