Dumpling Festival

Dumpling festival aka Poet Festival, Duanwu Festival and Dragon Boat Festival. It is a Chinese traditional festival  which falls on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month which is June 16. It commemorates the patriotism of Qu Yuan, a Chinese poet and statesman who was accused of treason and banished. He drowned himself in the Miluo River after catching wind of the Qin troops conquering his homeland, Chu. Because of this, the people threw rice dumplings into the river inorder that the creatures might feast on the rice rather than Qu’s body. Fisherman also search for him on boat rapidly, but his body still cannot be found. This tragedy become the beginning of this festival.

for further reading: Wikipedia – Duanwu Festival

Qu’s last poem:

Many a heavy sigh I have in my despair,
Grieving that I was born in such an unlucky time.
I yoked a team of jade dragons to a phoenix chariot,
And waited for the wind to come,
to sour up on my journey.

This is my post for jingle’s Thursday rally for poet.


Zongzi (Rice Dumpling):

A symbol of tradition and a memoir

At once it was an affliction

But now it was a commemoration

At once it was sorrow

But now it is a joy to all

As bamboo leaves were used as wrapping

In a shape of pyramid without any mold for shaping

Grains of white glutinous rice were use as filling

A slice of meat, some dried mushroom and a golden egg yoke for enticing.

Families were gathered to enjoy

Remembrance and appreciation were given

As they feast upon it without any alloy

where it is pass on from generation unto generation.

32 thoughts on “Dumpling Festival

  1. love friend dumplings the best,
    your image make me go hungry, cute and yummy in sight…
    bamboo leaves smell fresh and cool…
    lovely words.
    delightful poem!

  2. A lovely thing to pass from generation to generation. Bamboo leaves fresh and cool seems so inviting to enjoy.

    Lovely poem.

    Joanny

  3. I love poetry about food…cause it shows us so much about culture without having to say it.🙂 Good job.

  4. Welcome to Thursday Poets Rally Week 24, here is what you do to participate:

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