Chinese Food, Home-cooked Recipes

Dragon Boat Festival


The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as duan wu jie in Chinese, is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan). Okay, so who was this guy and what he did? I did a little more research on this special occasion.

Apparently, this Chinese scholar, who committed suicide by jumping into the river after tying himself with big rock on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, was one of the advisors of Chu Kingdom. Jealousy was the main reason, people did not like him, talked bad about him and king did not take his advice in the end. It was pretty much like our current lives as well. These people are just everywhere at anytime.

And, so how does it related with the dragon boat? I just did a little bit more searching and found out many fishermen tried to rescue him, but the body is never found. Fishermen worried about fish would eat his body, they threw food into the river to feed the fish and they tried to scare fish away by splashing the water with their paddles and beating the drums on the long narrow boats. Well, that is the drums, boats and paddling, where does there dragon come from?

Well, Chinese always believe there is water-dragon under the river or sea. One of villagers poured the rice wine into the river and the drunken water-dragon appeared floating on the river. Woah!

To celebrate this date which Chinese people make “zong zi”, the glutinous rice wrapped with bamboo leaves. The ingredients used to make the glutinous rice dumplings are varied from egg, beans, dates, fruits, sweet potato, walnuts, mushrooms, meat to full plain or vegetarian.

Being away from home and it has been years my aunt stopped making the glutinous rice dumplings. With my CEO’s mother handmade and the hot Chinese tea, make my dinner perfect for both visual and taste bud satisfaction.

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