Duanwu Jie 端午节

Never Lose Sight Of The Forest For The Trees!

Bak Chang – Chinese Rice Dumplings (Zongzi 粽子).
Who would have known that we’d surpass by more than 50% of our goal and went on to break record?!

Sequel and finale to Bring In The Dragons…

Bak Chang or 粽子 (Zongzi) are traditionally eaten during the Dragon Boat Festival on the 5th day of the 5th month of the Chinese lunar calendar (around late May to mid June). Also known as Duanwu Jie 端午节, it falls on 12th June 2013, Wednesday, to commemorate poet Qu Yuan, who drowned himself about 1,000 years ago in protest against the corrupt practices in China. After his suicide, people started to throw bak chang (zongzi 粽子) wrapped in bamboo leaves to prevent the fish from eating his remains.

Wrapping a Bak Chang tidily is a skill passed down through generations, as are the recipes. Bak Chang making is traditionally a family event where every member helps out. This was a 3-day event organised by Man Fut Tong Welfare Society: Volunteers for Dumpling Festival 2013 starting 7th June 2013 at Blk 206 Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530206. Our mission was to make 10,000 vegetarian dumplings for 45 Old Folks Homes across our tiny island, Singapore – Together we can!

I was jumping for joy when I received the message below from Sharren one of the organizer:

Man Fut Tong Welfare Society thank all Volunteers for your precious time and effort in making our Dumplings Event 2013 yet another successful event!

Total number of dumplings made 16,090 breaking the Singapore Book of Records! Total beneficiaries 61 elderly homes.

This would not be possible without each and everyone’s help!
Thank you once again and we hope to see you at the next event! Cheers! – Sharren.

Please click on the first photo for sequential viewing of the event and some commentary.

In our hectic world, we sometimes forget what is really important. Time is really an expensive commodity in Singapore. A lot of people would rather donate their money than time. I was a little taken aback when Sharren told me that the weekend (Sat & Sun) was already in full force when I signed up. There were 400+ volunteers on Saturday alone. I took the Friday slot with Tyng and Suling. We had a lot of fun during this period of time. This event has opened up my eyes – the young and old, locals and foreigners… ALL chipping in to let someone in the Home know that they were not forgotten.

As I left the place, there were many still helping out. It would be a long day for some. In the car, I thought to myself, I too am growing older with each passing day. Following Mother Theresa’s famous quote, let me do what I can (now), with what I have, wherever I am. There is always great joy in giving and receiving 😉

See you next year!

Happy Duanwu Jie 端午节  🙂

2 Responses to “Duanwu Jie 端午节”
  1. Janet Rörschåch says:

    This just made me so happy reading it. Well done you. You have earned your rest!

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