A popular legend tells the story of Qu Yuan, an upright minister during the Warring States era of China, who committed suicide by throwing himself into the river when the emperor banished him due to political conspiracy. Well-loved by the people, fishermen started beating their oars against the water to stop man-eating fish from devouring his body and common folks threw cooked rice wrapped in leaves into the river, in hope that the fish would eat them instead. This resulted in today’s dragonboat races and the dumplings.
In China, another legend associates this festival to commemorating the loyal premier Wu Zixu, who was forced to commit suicide by the Emperor Fu Chai, with his body thrown into the river on the fifth day of the fifth month.
In Singapore, we organise Dragon Boat Racing Festival annually where 22-member crews from around the world pit their rowing skills against one another in an exciting competition. We would also be able to buy glutinous rice dumplings in a wide variety of fillings, wrapped in Pandan leaves.
Our SHHK Pre-school organises an annual celebration where drawings by our own students and dumplings made by our teachers/parents would be sold to raise funds for a worthy cause. This is one of the ways which students are exposed to different cultural practices to broaden their knowledge.
Come find out more about our After-school care programme or Pre-school at www.shhkca.com.sg. Our Pre-school and After-school care are open for registration now.