Tuesday, June 19th, was the start of Dragon Boat Festival, one of Taiwan's holidays. The legend behind it is the following:
Qu Yuan served as minister to the Zhou Emperor. A wise and articulate man, he was loved by the common people. He did much to fight against the rampant corruption that plagued the court-- thereby earning the envy and fear of other officials. Therefore, when he urged the emperor to avoid conflict with the Qin Kingdom, the officials pressured the Emperor to have him removed from service. In exile, he traveled, taught and wrote for several years. Hearing that the Zhou had been defeated by the Qin, he fell into despair and threw himself into the Milou River.
As he was so loved by the people, fishermen rushed out in long boats, beating drums to scare the fish away, and throwing zong zi into the water to feed braver fish so that they would not eat Qu Yuan's body.
Grace, a lady in the church, stopped by on Tuesday and brought us zong zi. It is 'sticky' rice, with a filling, wrapped in corn leaves. The fillings can be egg, beans, dates, fruits, sweet potato, walnuts, mushrooms, meat, or a combination of them. They are generally steamed. Yum, yum! :o)
Tad with his lunch and drink
Hannah with her lunch and the newspaper about the Dragon Boat Festival
Tad opening his zong zi
Hannah and zong zi
Zong zi up close . . . complete with egg, peanuts, mushrooms, and pork
Pearl milk tea . . . 'pearl' up close
Tad with pearls in his mouth (some people just never grow up!) :o)
Pearls that were left after drinking all the milk tea. We couldn't believe how many pearls were in there!!!!