A guide to Zongzi, a traditional Dragon Boat Festival snack
China Dragon Boat Festaival holidays：16th June - 18th June, 2018
Believe or not, Zongzi, the palm-sized snack made of glutinous rice wrapped in reed leaves, is one of the few traditional Chinese dishes that have the power to "divide" the country.
A traditional snack made to celebrate the Dragon Boat Festival, which falls upon the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar, Zongzi used to be a sacrificial offering to worship the ancestors in the ancient time. According to Chinese folklore, after the beloved poet Qu Yuan (343BC-278BC), an official with the Kingdom of Chu, committed suicide by jumping into a river, local villagers threw Zongzi into the water to prevent creatures from nibbling away at Qu's body.
Stuffed with sweet or salty fillings, the pyramid-shaped snack boasts two firm and divided camps of fans across the nation - the Sweet Party and the Salty Party.