– (粽子/rice dumpling) is a traditional
Chinese food, made of
glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo
or reed leaves. They are cooked by steaming or boiling.
Zongzi is eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival (端午节) which falls on
the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar
(approximately late May to mid June).
Zongzi - rice dumpling is to commemorating the death of Qu Yuan, a
famous Chinese poet from the kingdom of Chu (楚国) who lived during
the Warring States period. He loves his country so much and tries to
warn and give advice to his king. But the king refuses to listen to
him and as a result, Chu (楚国) was invaded and took over by Qin (秦国).
Qu Yuan was very sad and drowned himself in the Miluo River. And
according to the legend, packets of rice (Zongzi – Rice Dumpling)
were thrown into the river to prevent fish from eating Qu Yuan’s
These days, Zongzi has variety of flavor depends on what ingredients
are wrapped inside with the sticky rice. Also, different leaves are
being used to bring out vary aromas. And besides of the traditional
pyramid shape, more shapes are also being invented.