Finally finally finally, the Memorial weekend will be here this weekend! I am of course beyond excited to have some time off to rest and most importantly to celebrate me and my husband's 3th wedding anniversary. One of my favorite Chinese holidays is also fall in May too. Today, I am going to introduce this holiday to you and also the food/dessert we usually have for this special occassion.
Duanwu Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival and the Double Fifth, is a traditional and statutory holiday originating in China and associated with a number of East Asian and Southeast Asian societies. In Mandarin, it is known by the name Duānwǔ Jié; in Hong Kong and Macau, by the Cantonese name Tuen Ng Festival; in Hokkien-speaking areas, by the names Gō͘-go̍eh-cheh/Gō͘-ge̍h-choeh (五月節) and Gō͘-ji̍t-cheh/Gō͘-ji̍t-choeh (五日節). In 2008, it was recognised as a public holiday in mainland China for the first time since the 1940s. The festival has also long been celebrated in Taiwan, Singapore, and Malaysia. Equivalent and related festivals in Asia include the Kodomo no hi in Japan, Dano in Korea, and Tết Đoan Ngọ in Vietnam.
The festival occurs on the 5th day of the 5th month of the lunar calendar on which the Chinese calendar is based. This is the source of the alternative name of Double Fifth. In 2011, this fell on June 6. The focus of the celebrations includes eating the rice dumpling zongzi (Chinese: 粽子; pinyin: zòngzi), drinking realgar wine xionghuangjiu (Chinese: 雄黃酒; pinyin: Xiónghuángjiǔ), and racing dragon boats.
(Source from Wikipedia)
|The typical Zongzi - |
the savory one on left (the white one) and the sweet one of right (the yellow one)
Guess what, Starbucks in China just came out a set of Zongzi as their seasonal item this May (see pictures above). They are a kind of fusion Zonzi mixed with western ingridents and Chinese concept. Very creative and very pretty dessert, Bravo Starbucks!
(All pictures were found from Google Image)