Duan Wu 2013 – Chinese Rice Dumpling Festival
Duan Wu Jie, literally means “Double Fifth Festival”, is a Chinese festival celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month based on Chinese calendar. Duan Wu is celebrated to commemorate the death of Qu Yuan in 287BC. Qu Yuan is a respected Chinese poet who drown himself out of sadness when his homestate fallen to a conqueror’s hand.
When is Duan Wu 2013?
Duan Wu 2013 will fall on Wednesday, 12 June 2013.
Duan Wu 2013 Celebration
During Duanwu 2013 celebration, people will prepare and eat rice dumpling (zongzi) and drink realgar wine. Zongzi or simply Zong is a traditional Chinese food made of sticky rice wrapped in bamboo or reed leaves. It is often stuffed with meat and vegetable fillings (thus called Bak Cang, or meat dumpling, in some countries).
According to folklore stories, zongzi was originally made and thrown to river to prevent fish from eating the body of Qu Yuan.
Duanwu is also often called Dragon Boat Festival since Chinese communities in many countries hold Dragon Boat race in spirit of Duanwu celebration.