Dragon Boats and Dumplings

My brother Clarence Hui who lives in Beijing reminded me that it is that time of the year when there are dragon boat races everywhere and everyone is eating sticky rice dumplings wrapped in bamboo leaves.  He sent these photographs from An Hui 安徽.


On the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, the Chinese remembers their beloved poet Qu Yuan 屈原 (343 – 278 BC) who threw himself into the river. The country was in turmoil and Qu Yuan was in despair.  It was said that fishermen tried to save him in their long boats and threw rice dumplings into the water to appease the water god.  They beat their drums and strike their paddles on the water to ward off evil.


About Mary Tang

An urban orchardist everyday, a volunteer regularly, a poet sometimes and a blogger since March 2015. I travel when I can. Food is a constant.
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8 Responses to Dragon Boats and Dumplings

  1. taphian says:

    Very interesting story, dear Mary. I always like to learn habits from other countries. Have a nice day, kind regards Mitza

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  2. arlingwoman says:

    Great photos! If only beating the water DID ward off evil.

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  3. If only my country cared that fervently about its poets! :) Thanks for sharing the great pictures!

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