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Sweet Rice Dumplings: Sweetness across different borders

Popularity 1Viewed 1415 times 2014-12-24 09:18 |Personal category:traditions|System category:Life| Sweetness, across, different, countries

Few months ago, I was watching the movie ‘Battle of Red Cliff’ on advise form one of the friend. This movie talked about the power struggle in the late Han dynasty in ancient China. Divided into two parts, I am going to talk something I have observed during the second part of this movie.

 

In one of the scene, everyone before going to battle eat sweet rice dumplings, as if this brings good luck. In my first glance, it looked very similar to a very famous dish ‘Rasgullah’ in India. ‘Rasgullah’ is not made of rice, but for many foreigners, it can be very very sweet. I was curious as this is something done in India on various occasion (not for war but for other purposes). After carefully studying, I found connection of sweet rice dumplings with family reunion in China. 

 

Let’s leave aside the dishes and talk about the tradition, which is the connection of a certain community with, ‘sweetness’. Sweet rice dumplings are made on many occasion (as far as I know), but majorly they are used during the family reunion to share the joy of having all the family members together.  In India, these ‘Rasugullah’ or say sweet dishes are considered very good to mark any special occasion or just sharing happiness. Even in some parts of India, tasting sweet before going to an important exam, job interview or important event in life considered to bring good luck.  I am yet to find if there is something similar happen in China too, may be you can help me?

 

Just thought of sharing my observation with you people on how ‘sweetness’ is considered in two different countries and their role in the life of people. 

 

Hope to write more on this after finding out the importance of Sweetness in day to day life  from my Chinese friends. 

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I like to eat ‘Rasugullah.

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  • Sweet Rice Dumplings: Sweetness across different borders 2017-1-25 13:03

    I like to eat ‘Rasugullah.

  • Why you want to become someone else? Why cannot you be just yourselves? 2016-9-28 01:59

    I agree advisors need to share experiences good and bad, but also advise people to find and follow their own path.

    Like when people that are famous actors and actresses, tell people how they should vote
    well just because they know how to act and got lucky breaks does not mean they are the fountain of knowledge.
    Likewise as you say, just because the path was successful for them it does not mean it  will be for others

    They need to share their strategies that can be applied to your own dream or path and we must remember  paths take unexpected changes sometimes we need to follow those changes too.

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