CULTURE Laba Festival celebrated across China

CULTURE

Laba Festival celebrated across China

Xinhua

09:45, January 03, 2020

Local villagers perform yangge dance to celebrate the Laba Festival in Yongquanzhuang Village of Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day. (Photos: Xinhua)

Local villagers eat Laba Porridge to celebrate the Laba Festival in Yongquanzhuang Village of Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day.

Local villagers eat Laba Porridge to celebrate the Laba Festival in Yongquanzhuang Village of Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day.

Local villagers perform yangge dance to celebrate the Laba Festival in Yongquanzhuang Village of Zhangjiakou, north China's Hebei Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day.

People gather for free Laba porridge in the scenic area of great poet Qu Yuan's hometown in Zigui County of Yichang, central China's Hubei Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day. Many temples and organizations have the tradition to give out free porridge.

Volunteers prepare free Laba porridge for locals at a temple in Bozhou, east China's Anhui Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day. Many temples and organizations have the tradition to give out free porridge.

A volunteer serves free Laba porridge to rail constructors in Hefei, capital of east China's Anhui Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day. Many temples and organizations have the tradition to give out free porridge.

Locals enjoy free Laba porridge offered by the Xiyangzhuang Village in Tangshan, north China's Hebei Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day. Many temples and organizations have the tradition to give out free porridge.

Volunteers prepare free Laba porridge for local citizens at Hanshan Temple in Suzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day. Many temples and organizations have the tradition to give out free porridge.

A child eats Laba porridge in Yuping Dong Autonomous County of Tongren City, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day.

A child eats Laba porridge in Xianju County of Taizhou City, east China's Zhejiang Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day.

Children eat Laba porridge at Qianjiang District in southwest China's Chongqing, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day.

A child eats Laba porridge in Yuping Dong Autonomous County of Tongren City, southwest China's Guizhou Province, Jan. 2, 2020. The Laba Festival, literally the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year. It is customary to eat Laba Porridge on this day.

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