Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Chang Festival is here again

Tomorrow is Duan Qiu Jie or Chang Festival and you can see hawkers selling rice dumplings in the market. There are basically two types of 'chang' sold, the one with filled ingredients such as meat, nuts and so on and the other is purely rice with alkali which looks yellow.

Chang Festival is celebrate to commemorate Qu Yuan, a loyal Chinese court officew who committed suicideat Milo Jiang or Milo River because his idea to improve the country's well-being was rejected by the emperor . In order to distrac the fish from feasting on his dead body in river, the Chinese people prepared rice dumpling and threw into the river so that the fish will eat them and spared Qu Yuan's body.

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