The Dragon Boat Festival kicked off across Asia yesterday, bringing with it mad boat races and amazing sticky race treats.
The annual celebration takes place on the fifth day on the fifth month in the Chinese lunar calendar and involves a reconnecting with traditions via the dragon boat races that sees local teams compete with each other to the beat of a drum.
Legend has it that Qu Yuan drowned himself in the Miluo River in central China’s Hunan Province after he was accused of treason after having given the king some well-intentioned advice. According to the legend, locals raced up and down the river looking for Qu’s body and dropping rice into the water in the hope of stopping the fish from eating him, traditions that are still kept up today.
Perhaps famously, Dragon Boat season means lots of zongzi, a traditional sticky rice treat served wrapped in bamboo leaves and served with various different fillings that are all tasty.
The festival goes on for the weekend, with many a Chinese wine being served to ward off evil as tradition would have it.