Poem: Min Nong
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mǐn nóng shī
鋤 禾 日 當 午
chú hé rì dāng wǔ
汗 滴 禾 下 土
hàn dī hé xià wǔ
誰 知 盤 中 飱
shéi zhī pán zhōng sūn
粒 粒 皆 辛 苦
lì lì jiē xīn kǔ
one Chinese tradition that is strictly followed is that everyone must finish
all the food in his or her rice bowl.
The poem describes the hardships that a rice farmer must go through
in order to harvest the rice that will end up in the rice bowls of people
aroundChina. To leave food left in one’s rice bowl is very rude,
for not only is it wasteful, but it is also disrespectful to
the farmers who toiled in the fields to bring such foods to one’s rice bowl.
“A grain of rice is a drop of sweat.” No sweat was wasted on this meal,
as all the rice bowls were emptied to satisfaction.