The Dumpling Festival, also known as Dragon Boat Festival or Duan Wu Jie 端午节, is an important festival for Chinese communities around the world. Festive practices associated with the Dumpling Festival include dragon boat racing, eating delicious stuffed glutinous rice dumplings, as well as hanging up charms and pouches filled with herbs to ward off insects in the summer heat of the fifth lunar month.
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As part of its ongoing efforts to promote Chinese arts, culture and heritage, the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall (SYSNMH) will present its annual Wan Qing Dumpling Festival online from 1 to 30 June 2020.
Through this, Singaporeans will be able to better understand and appreciate the historical and cultural significance of the Dumpling Festival – also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, an important festival celebrated by Chinese all over the world.
Wan Qing Dumpling Festival 2020 (Digital Edition) 1 to 30 June 2020
Uncover ancient Chinese myths and practices from the comfort of your own home with the inaugural digital edition of the well-loved Wan Qing Dumpling Festival celebrations by the Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall!
The Dumpling Festival, also known as the Dragon Boat Festival, is an important festival celebrated by Chinese communities all over the world. Wan Qing Dumpling Festival Invites the public to celebrate and acquaint themselves with the rich historical and cultural significance of the festival as part of the memorial hall’s efforts to promote Chinese arts, culture and heritage.
Held throughout the month of June via the memorial hall’s Facebook page (@sysnmh), Wan Qing Dumpling Festival aims to bring heritage to closer to home through an exciting line-up of family-friendly digital initiatives such as cooking classes, game contests, quizzes, interactive craft demonstrations and more.
1. Animated Storytelling: Origins of Dumpling Festival
Date: 1 June 2020
Do you know why we eat yummy rice dumplings during Dumpling Festival, or how the practice of dragon boat racing came to be? Uncover the legends and myths behind Dumpling Festival through an animated short story and learn more about this much-loved Chinese festival!
2. Infographic: What Makes A Dragon Boat Race?
Date: 5 June 2020
Did you know that a typical dragon boat race team consists of 20 paddlers, one steerer and a drummer? Learn more about the historical significance and origins of dragon boat racing, the anatomy of a dragon boat race team, and the roles and responsibilities of each position through this fun and educational series!
3. Game Contest: Catch the Rice Dumpling!
Date: 9 June 2020
Quick, catch the rice dumplings! Challenge yourself to this fun game and try to take a screenshot of the rice dumplings as they fall and land within the dotted lines- but players be warned, this seemingly simple game is more tricky than it appears. Share your successful screenshot in the comments section to win exclusive museum merchandise!
4. Multiphoto: What Type of Dumpling Are You?
Date: 12 June 2020
Rice dumplings come in a variety of shapes, sizes and fillings – much like people with our unique personalities and traits! Are you a savoury hokkien zhang, full-flavoured and packed with wholesome ingredients? Or are you a sweet and simple nonya zhang, well-loved by people of all ages? Find out more about the different types of rice dumplings and which dumpling best suits your own personality in this humourous and lighthearted series.
5. DIY Craft Activity: Mini Dragon Boat
Date: 15 June 2020
Building a real dragon boat can take up to a week of hard work by a skilled master craftsman, but now you can create your very own origami dragon boat by following the instructions in this fun craft tutorial. Be creative and use bright colours to make your masterpiece stand out!
6. Game Contest: Who Won the Dragon Boat Race?
Date: 19 June 2020
Three dragon boats are racing towards the finish line, but who will win the dragon boat race? Challenge yourself to this fun game contest and see if you can take a screenshot of the first dragon boat to cross the finish line and win the race! Share your successful screenshot in the comments section to win exclusive museum merchandise!
7. Cooking with Kim Choo: Bakzhang & Nonya Zhang
Date: 25 June 2020
Kim Choo Kueh Chang’s rice dumplings have been a mainstay in Singapore’s diverse epicurean tapestry since 1945, withstanding the test of time to preserve its rich taste and unique fragrance owing to the use of traditional recipes and culinary techniques. Embark on a culinary adventure in this exclusive online cooking tutorial by Kim Choo Kueh Chang and get step-by-step instructions on how to prepare Kim Choo’s famous bak zhang and nonya zhang from the comfort of your own kitchen!
The online tutorial will be available here on 25 June.
8. DIY Craft Activity: Origami Rice Dumpling
Date: 27 June 2020
Unleash your inner crafter in this family-friendly DIY tutorial, as you learn how to paint and fold your own origami rice dumpling. Create your very own festive art pieces by following these step-by-step photos. Challenge yourself by using recycled materials and save the earth while having fun at the same time!
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