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Thursday, May 28, 2009

Happy Chinese Tamale Day!

Today is Chinese Tamale Day, aka Duanwu Festival, aka Dragon Boat Festival. Being a delinquent Chinese, I am unsure of the holiday's origin or its significance, but supposedly it's when all the stars in the heavens line up or something like that. Anyhoo, Chinese people eat Chinese tamale on Duanwu Festival... usually it's made of sticky rice, either with Chinese ham (for salted tamale) or jujube (for sweet tamale) as filling. There would be dragon boat races between the villages before they eat the tamales... here is a picture of Baby Cat racing a dragon boat when she was itty bitty.
Picture courtesy of Hello, Kai Lan.

11 comments:

Pei said...

Chinese tamale day! I love that all Chinese holidays are now identified by food, not by historical significance. Duanwu is a mid-summer celebration. We have dragon boat races and toss the dragons yummy zhongzi so they'll be nice to us. Dragons love food, and they like admiring themselves in the form of boats.

Cat said...

Ah, so we are supposed to toss the zhongzis to dragons... didn't know that.

Pei said...

Someone along the way decided wasting food is silly.

Cat said...

But we need to make sure the dragon's happy... maybe I'll feed him some virtual zhongzi... yummy zhongzi, I prefer the salted ones.

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