IT’S DRAGON BOAT DAY — SO YOU MUST EAT ZONGZI

There are three things you must eat today: a hard-boiled salted duck egg, a Zongzi, and Lu Dou Gao (mung bean cakes). Why? Well, today is Dragon Boat Day!

The Dragon Boat Festival (Duan Wu Festival) is on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month. It is in remembrance of the great poet Qu Yuan, a loyal official from the State of Chu in ancient China. He was deeply loved by everyone. Unable to save his country, Qu Yuan drowned himself on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month in 277 b.c.

 

The townspeople did everything they could to find him in the river. They dropped dumplings of glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves into the river hoping to prevent the fish from eating his body. Since then it has been customary on this day to eat Zong Zi (glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves) out of respect for the legendary poet.

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If you live in a big city, with a river, take a stroll down to the waterfront. You will see teams of people racing on the dragon boat.A drummer sits next to the head, beating his drums intensely to excited the rowers. The air is filled with shouting and cheering. It is a serious race.

Zong Zi is not only made for the Dragon Boat Festival. It is available throughout the year, and comes in a wide variety of styles and dumplings. The main ingredient is the glutinous rice, and then the bamboo or reed leaves, which is the wrapping that provides it with its distinct taste. The recipe includes dates, sweetened red bean paste, meat, chestnuts, lotus seeds, and egg yolk

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