“Bak Chang”, as it is commonly called in Singapore, is actually Zongzi ( 粽子 ), a traditional Chinese rice dish made of glutinous rice stuffed with different fillings and wrapped in bamboo leaves before steaming or boiling.
The feasting of Bak Chang is believed to have originated during the Warring States period in China, when Qu Yuan, a well-loved poet, jumped into the Miluo River and drowned himself when his country fell into the hands of the enemy. The local villagers, who admired him, raced out in their boats to save him or, at least to retrieve his body. And to protect his body, fishermen beat their oars, warding off man-eating fish, while others tossed rice wrapped in leaves — an offering to protect his spirit.
This captivating tale merges with the sport of dragon boat racing, where sleek boats painted with dragon heads surge through the water to the pulse of drums, and of course, the feasting of Bak Chang during this festive season.
Last Thursday 22 June 2023, the vibrant spirit of the Dragon Boat Festival came alive at CYS Global Remit as employees indulged in a delectable lunch feast bursting with mouth-watering Bak Chang. Each savoury bite served as a conduit to the rich tapestry of tradition, uniting employees in the celebration's vibrant essence. CYS Global Remit believes in tradition because it fosters an environment where employees associate themselves with and forge meaningful connections through common beliefs and practices. To attest to our belief, not a single Bak Chang was left behind that day!