Happy Dragon Boat Festival, everyone! Or Duanwu Jie kuaile! Today is a traditional Chinese holiday. We celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival by holding—yup, you guessed it—dragon boat races! Oh, and of course, we eat zongzi, kind of like a Chinese version of a Tamale.
The history of the Dragon Boat Festival dates back to as early as 484 BCE, which is almost, like, 2,500 years ago. During that time, the famous Chinese general, Wu Zixu, was unjustly accused of essentially giving bad advice to the king, who was then forced to commit suicide by the king, not emperor. Aha! We'll explain in a later video.
端午節的歷史可以追溯回早至公元前 484 年，那幾乎是大概 2,500 年前。那時候，赫赫有名的中國將軍伍子胥被汙控提供吳王錯誤建言，後來伍子胥受吳王所迫而自盡，是王不是皇帝喔。啊哈!我們之後的影片會解釋。
His body was thrown into the river near Suzhou, which is kind of like the Venice of China. About a decade later, people realized that Wu was actually right about his advice and was wrongly sentenced to death. The result was that Wu became a celebrated hero, and the King Fuchai actually committed suicide when he realized that he was wrong. Oh, yeah. And his kingdom was taken over.
Anyways, nowadays, people generally associate this festival with another famous figure, Qu Yuan, who was a famous poet. He committed suicide in the Miluo River. After Qu Yuan's death, local residents wanted to collect the poet's body. So they paddled out on boats while beating on drums to scare the fish and evil spirits away...naturally. They also threw rice snacks wrapped in bamboo leaves into the water to distract the fish from eating his body. Since then, on the fifth of May of each year, on the Chinese lunar calendar, Chinese people do dragon boat racing and eat zongzi to commemorate these two historic figures.
Zongzi is made with sticky glutinous rice wrapped in bamboo, lotus, or other large flat leaves. It can be made either sweet or salty—I like mine salty—depending on the stuffing. When it is salty, you can add meat, mushrooms, salted duck egg yolks, chestnut and peanuts, and bacon. When it is sweet, you can add dates, red bean paste, or mung beans, and eat it as a dessert. And you can add bacon.
Have you ever had zongzi before? Do you prefer salty or sweet? Let us know in the comments below! And definitely subscribe, share, and, uh, we'll see you next time. Bye!
- 「有一點」- Kind Of
His body was thrown into the river near Suzhou, which is kind of like the Venice of China.
- 「占領、接管」- Take Over
Oh, yeah. And his kingdom was taken over.
- 「取決於、視...而定」- Depend On
It can be made either sweet or salty—I like mine salty—depending on the stuffing.