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Tomorrow (June 6, 2011) is this year’s Dragon Boat Festival (or Chinese call Duanwu)! Rice dumplings (zongzi) is the food people eat on this day. Some friends in Singapore have eaten this traditional Chinese food, have you?
Some friends call this Dumpling Festival? I have no idea where is that from. Rice dumplings is technically not dumplings.
The Dragon Boat Festival is a Chinese traditional and statutory holiday. It is a public holiday in mainland China and in Taiwan (and yes in Singapore as well), 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.
Dragon Boat Festival
Watch this great video introducing tradition of Dragon Boat Festival.
How to Make Rice Dumplings on Dragon Boat Festival
Origin of Dragon Boat Festival
The Duanwu Festival is believed to have originated in ancient China. A number of theories exist about its origins as a number of folk traditions and explanatory myths are connected to its observance. Today the best known of these relates to the suicide in 278 BCE of Qu Yuan, poet and statesman of the Chu kingdom during the Warring States period.
If interested, you can also check out Top 8 Dragon Boat Festival in North America.
Do you celebrate Dragon Boat Festival and eat rice dumplings in Singapore?