It’s getting to that time of the year when you either want to be in a boat or be watching boats as they cruise by, so Yu’s Garden Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn would like to introduce you to the Dragon Boat Festival. The Dragon Boat Festival is a celebration of the death of the famous poet Qu Yuan (屈原) that took his own life over the corrupt rulers that had overtaken his country.
Qu Yuan (屈原) was a poet and minister of the Chu State in the Warring States period in China. He warned the royalty about the power of the Qin State and that they should fight them, but he was ignored and then banished. Upon discovering that the Qin State had conquered the Chu State, he threw himself into a river. Tradition has it that the village people began to throw rice dumplings in the water so that the fish would not eat his body. They also began to play drums to scare away the sea monsters. Other villagers got in their boats to look for his body. So the tradition holds to this day that drums are beaten while the dragon boats race to ‘find’ Qu’s body before the fish can eat it. The rice dumplings (Zongzi, 粽子) are wrapped in reed and still eaten during this festival.
Dragon Boat Festivals are now celebrated all around the world where there are heavy populations of Chinese people. In our area there is even a major sports league that now surrounds this event. You can find out about Major League Dragon Boat activities taking place at Lake Arlington in Arlington Heights on July 28, at this website. So, get out your calendars and take in the dragon boat races! In the meantime, come over to Yu’s Garden Chinese Restaurant in Glen Ellyn to enjoy our delicious Chinese Cuisine. You can call us at 630.439.1535 or visit our website to order online for pick up or delivery.
Let Yu’s Garden help enjoy your summer! Visit us often at 404 Roosevelt Road Glen Ellyn, IL 60137 and remember that we cater (parties of 10 or more) starting at $6.95 per person.