Friday, June 10, 2016

Celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival, 2016

Here at New Day Foster Home we celebrate both Chinese and American holidays, which means twice as many opportunities for fun and delicious food!

The Dragon Boat Festival falls on June 9 this year.  It's a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yan.  It is celebrated by the eating of rice dumplings, called zongzi, and the racing of dragon boats.

There is no big river nearby to race dragon boats on, so we concentrate on the making and eating of zongzi!

Handling the smooth leaves and the sticky rice was a great sensory experience for our little ones.  As you can imagine, the actual construction of the zongzi required the expertise of our nannies and Chinese staff!

When it was time to eat them, all of the kids had at least a taste.  Most of the older kids really liked them and ate several.  We're happy to report that both Austyn and Rosie, who can be reluctant to try new foods, enjoyed the taste of the sticky rice.

You can see LOTS of pictures of the zongzi being made and enjoyed in our scrapbook.

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