emy hands that he threw himself into the river and drowned. While the life and death of Qu Yuan could hold an audience in rapt attention, it was the actions of the villagers or the community that was of greater significance.
On hearing that Qu Yuan had thrown himself in the river, the villagers rushed in their boats to try to save him. When they failed in their attempts and did not find his body, they were much aggrieved and were worried that his body would be eaten by the fish in the river. So, they came up with the ingenious idea of throwing packets of rice into the river to feed the fish, thinking that then, the hungry creatures would not feed on Qu Yuan’s body. The dragon boat races of today commemorate the rescue attempts by the villagers, and the rice dumplings bring to mind the packets of rice thrown by villagers into the river.
Well I’m not going to say more as pictures speak louder than words.
One thing for sure: nothing is better than home cooked food, filled with love and dedication to make them.