The Dragon Boat Festival comes from Qu Yuan's story: the patriotic poet Qu Yuan came up with a good idea to enrich the country and strengthen the people, but it was not adopted by the king, instead, he was expelled from the palace. Qu Yuan was so angry that he jumped into Miluo River. The local fisherman learned that he rowed a boat to scatter the rice in the bamboo tube to the Miluo River to Qu Yuan. Later, we changed bamboo tube Sheng rice into zongzi, and changed rowing boat to dragon boat racing to commemorate Qu Yuan. We all admire Qu Yuan very much. Therefore, we celebrate Dragon Boat Festival every year.
The traditional custom of Dragon Boat Festival is to eat zongzi. Our family has a real rice dumpling master - my mother. Every year at Dragon Boat Festival, our family can eat delicious zongzi. Mother often said: the most fragrant zongzi is wrapped in reed leaves. Therefore, every Dragon Boat Festival mother uses reed leaves to make zongzi. Before making zongzi, she should make preparations: Boil the reed leaves in water and wash the glutinous rice and dates. When the reed leaves cool, she began to make zongzi. She took three leaves first, rolled them into a cone, put a date first, then put glutinous rice in it, sandwiched several dates in the middle, tied the leaves with thread, and wrapped a zongzi. Her dumplings are fat and big, just like one old Buddha sleeping. After the dumplings are wrapped, my mother will steam them in a pressure cooker for 40 minutes, and then put them for another three or four hours to make them taste good. Then I can eat them! The dumplings made by my mother are so fragrant that I will eat them with a big mouth as soon as I see them. So, whenever I eat zongzi, I always eat a lot!
In addition to eating zongzi, we have to race dragon boat in Dragon Boat Festival!
I like watching dragon boat racing best. Dozens of sailors are rowing with oars. The drum beating sailors are in high morale and beating hard. "Come on, come on!" the cheerleaders on the field were full of passion, making thunderous shouts and cheers, and the sailors had to row harder. The whole scene of dragon boat race is very spectacular and warm.
Eating zongzi and racing dragon boat, these two traditional customs jointly weave a bustling Dragon Boat Festival.