Difficult to describe. The rice becomes a casserole jacket. The sausage and salted egg yolk appear. The strange or unknown things here and there. Boiled peanuts sometimes. They are a specialty but a lot of prep work.
4 hoir boil here, 6 hour in China? No it makes no sense, and no they are not all on mt everest. But two hours here did work so I expect in a few months we will do a double recipe....
People make these every few months, and distribute to friends and relatives. It makes sense to take turns.
Side note totally weary/wary of propane global valves. The only way to keep them going was to go higher than needed. But did find they can be cooked in the insta-pot. Ciurse submerged. Not sure how much water is allowed in them but we really overfilled.
Never sure. Sometimes it is holiday, other times it is a recent event like maybe a party or anniversary. Usually it is cause it has been months and your turn to make them has come up.
However, there does seem to be a schedule for things. Some kind of cosmic periodic table that somehow is known without being spoken about. Certain recipes are made that correlate with micro nutrients and such.
Oops, this time was for the holiday. The festival involves making the five pointed joong for the five directions, feeding the fish and dragons, tying special way to feed the spirit, and it is part of the dragon boat festival.