Yes, you are right. This Saturday is the Dragon Boat Festival In China. It’s also known as Duanwu Festival (端午节). As a traditional and statutory holiday, the festival falls on the 5th day of the 5th month of the traditional lunar calendar. In 2015, it occurrs on June 20. On this day Chinese people have many activities. Three most popular celebrations are eating zongzi (粽子），drinking realgar wine (雄黄酒) and watching dragon boats racing.
Today let’s get some details about the traditional Chinese food for the Dragon Boat Festival: zongzi. Zongzi is made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo or other large flat leaves.
On the festival, all family members will get together and help out with wrapping zongzi. It’s kind of a skill. Generally speaking, zongzi comes in the shape of an elongated cone. The leaves sometimes are substituted by that of lotus, banana, etc.. And those leaves impart its own unique flavor to the rice and make zongzi smell good and savory.
In modern times, one can find many types of zongzi with different fillings. There are mushrooms, salted egg, cooked peanuts, red-cooked pork, etc.
After finishing wrapping zongzi, they need to be steamed or boiled. Today in China, the most popular kind of zongzi is Jiaxing zongzi (嘉兴粽子). It is named after the city Jiaxing in Zhejiang Province. Typically pork, mung beans, red beans or salted eggs are used for the fillings.
Get a sneak from the above pictures. If you happen to be in China, don’t forget to eat one. You will love them instantly. Share what your know Dragon Boat Festival with us or with your beautiful Chinese lady. As a Chinese, she’d be surprised that you know so much about the important festival in her country.