This is first time ever that i try to make rice dumpling for the festival, surprisingly they are all turned out very good!!! I feel myself sooooooooooooo talented !!
Here is the youtube clip that I learn how to fold them~ click HERE to have a look.
Happy Dragon Boat festival to my Chinese Friends and for those who are not celebrating it, please share the joy!!!Cheers!!!
"The three most widespread activities for the Duanwu/Dragon Boat Festival are eating (and preparing) zongzi, an angular rice ball wrapped in reed or bamboo leaves; drinking realgar wine, and racing dragon boats.
The Duanwu Festival is a Chinese traditional and statutory holiday. It is a public holiday in mainland China and in Taiwan, where it is known as the "Duanwu Festival". It is also a public holiday in Hong Kong and Macau, where it is known as Duen Ng Festival. Its alternative name in English is "Dragon Boat Festival", after one of the traditional activities for the holiday..
The most well-known traditional story holds that the festival commemorates the death of poet Qu Yuan (c. 340 BC - 278 BC) of the ancient state of Chu, in the Warring States Period of the Zhou Dynasty. A descendant of the Chu royal house, Qu served in high offices. However, when the king decided to ally with the increasingly powerful state of Qin, Qu was banished for opposing the alliance. During his exile, Qu Yuan wrote a great deal of poetry, for which he is now remembered. Twenty-eight years later, Qin conquered the Chu capital. In despair, Qu Yuan committed suicide by drowning himself in the Miluo River on the fifth day of the fifth month.
It is said that the local people, who admired him, threw food into the river to feed the fish so that they would not eat Qu Yuan's body. This is said to be the origin of zongzi. The local people were also said to have paddled out on boats, either to scare the fish away or to retrieve his body. This is said to be the origin of dragon boat racing."
(From en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dragon_Boat_Festival )
There is another story about the glutinious rice wrapped in bamboo which is not included in wikipedia. From my knowleage, the people who admired Qu Yuan,they threw foods into the river for him to eat. But the foods always being eaten by fishes and therefore, they came out with the idea wrapped the foods in the bamboo leaf in order to prevent it eaten by fishes.
Thursday, May 28, 2009