Some call it Dragon Boat Festival, some say Zong-Zi Festival, and in Taiwan we call it Duan-Wu Festival. The day was to memorize one great man Qu-Yuan in old time. He commited suicide in a lake as a way to protest justice. People threw rice-wrapped by bamboo leaves to feed fish and keep fish away from eating Qu-Yuan's body. For more information click here: Duan-Wu festival. Nowadays, many people eat Zong-Zi but do not know the story. Many young people do not make Zong-Zi now, because Zong-Zi are availabe in supermarket any time of the year. I still like to eat Zong-Zi at this special day to keep the tradition so Winston will remember it when he grows up.
As I had posted earlier, it was not easy to find all related materials for making Zong-Zi in Su-Zhou. Someone told me that I may find the materials at traditional market in Old Town District. But "traditional market" and "Old town" seemed so unfamiliar. So I just used what I had to make Zong-Zi. The string I used to tie Zong-Zi was my cotton ball used to knead a shirt which is still in process.
Here are the materials and the Finished Goods. They looked fine but the taste would again depend on what month they feed.
Happy Dragon Boat Festival!