Famous for tea but not only, our Asian friends, have countless traditions and superstitions.
One of these is maybe originating from dragon worship. An event on the sporting calendar; and a day of remembrance for Qu Yuan.
The teak wooden motor boats are modeled and decorated, with the front end shaped like open-mouthed dragons, and the back end with a scaly tail. They usually have brightly colored designs and a length of about 20-35 meters. The boat can have up to 80 people to paddle it.
Qu Yuan, The memorial of life and death
The festival commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese poet Qu Yuan, exiled by conspiracy. He composed poems to express anger and sorrow toward his sovereign and his people.
Qu Yuan drowned himself by attaching a heavy stone to his chest and jumping into the Miluo River in 278 BCE at the age of 61. The people of Chu tried to save him believing that Qu Yuan was an honorable man.
A great competition
Dragon boat races are held all over China. During the races, dragon boat teams paddle harmoniously and hurriedly, accompanied by the sound of beating drums. It is said that the winning team will have good luck and a happy life in the following year.
The traditional customs
The typical food linked to this competition is called Zongzi. It consists of rolled glutinous rice, stuffed with eggs, beans, dates, fruit, sweet potatoes, nuts, mushrooms, meat, wrapped in bamboo leaves and steamed. hey are generally steamed. Traditionally, cooked rice is accompanied with hsiung huang wine.
If you’re not a wine lover but want to recreate this Chinese ceremony at home, we recommend you taste the rice rolls with the Red Black Dragon tea.
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