Posted in Holidays on 06/14/2010 04:39 pm by sophie
This week marks Duanwu Jie, or Dragon Boat Festival, the most poetic of the Chinese holidays (and my favorite). In honor of it, here are step-by-step instructions (courtesy of CNN) for making the traditional rice dumplings that are eaten on this day.
Posted in Holidays on 05/28/2009 09:47 am by sophie
Today is Duan Wu Jie (端午节), or Dragon Boat Festival, my favorite of the major Chinese holidays. It commemorates the beautiful, if not cheerful, story of the great poet Qu Yuan, who threw himself in the Mi Luo river in protest against the government. In order to try to save his body from being eaten by fish, people went out in boats and threw sticky rice cakes wrapped in leaves into the river. To honor Qu Yuan on this day, people around the world hold dragon boat races and eat zongzi, sticky rice dumplings.