Cleaning Hot Water Pipes for a More Delicious Zongzi During
The Dragon Boat Festival is a traditional Chinese festival, which occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month (lunar calendar), that is where the alternative name “Double Fifth Festival” comes from. On the solar calendar, the date of celebration varies from year to year, for example, it was June 7th this year in 2019.
The origin of the festival also varies from districts, the most recognizable version is that the festival memorialized a well-known poet and minister (Zhou Dynasty) called Qu Yuan, who committed suicide by drowning himself in the river, with his ambitions unfulfilled. The other saying is that the festival commemorated Wu Zixu, a general and politician who died from political prosecution.
It is said that the locals who endorsed Qu Yuan have tried at least to retrieve his body from the river, which is how the dragon boat race emerged. On the other hand, the locals also dropped food into the river, to protect the body being eaten by the animals living under, which is said to be the source of zongzi. These two things, the dragon boat race and zongzi, have become the symbols of the Dragon Boat Festival.
It has been a century-long tradition that Chinese people eat zongzi during the festival, this year had no exception. As you can see from the picture, every employee in the company got a bag of zongzi as a way of celebration, it also has the meaning of getting rid of the misfortune in the fifth month, which we as Chinese people believed, is when natural disasters and illness are commonly seen.
The staff in Xiamen Ricun wish you have a pleasant experience during the celebration of this festival.