After Laba is the Spring Festival
At the end of the year, there are so many festivals in China. Today is the long-awaited Laba Festival! This name may be unfamiliar to many friends living abroad, so today we will talk about Laba Festival together!
Laba Festival is a traditional festival originating from China. It gets its name because it is celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month.The meaning is to sacrifice ancestors and gods, pray for a good harvest, auspiciousness and avoid evil. In China, there is a custom of drinking porridge during the Laba Festival.According to legend, this day is the day when the Buddha became a Taoist, the day when Sakyamuni became a Buddha under the Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya and founded Buddhism. The Taoist "Eight Dao Secret Words" also mentions that this day is "Hou Wang La", and it is necessary to Xiu Zhai and worship ancestors.
So what are the customs on Laba Festival? Let’s have a see!
- Laba porridge is called "Qī bǎo wǔ wèi zhōu"
The history of eating Laba porridge in China has been more than one thousand years, and it first started in the Song Dynasty. On the day of Laba, no matter it is the imperial court, the government, the monastery or the common people's homes, they all make Laba porridge. Laba porridge is generally made of glutinous rice, sesame seeds, coix seed, longan, red dates, shiitake mushrooms, lotus seeds and other ingredients, and is very delicious.
- Eat Laba Garlic on Laba Festival
Soaking Laba garlic is a custom in North China. As the name suggests, garlic is brewed on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. It is said, the word Suan in Laba Suan has the same pronunciation as the word "calculate(算 suan)". This is the day when various merchant want to collect accounts. Calculate the income and expenditure of this year, and you can see the profit and loss, must be calculated clearly on this day, "laba calculation(算）" is such a thing.
- Eating ice on the Laba Festival
The day before Laba, people usually use steel basins to scoop water, wait for the water to turn into ice, and then take off the ice from the basin and break the ice into pieces on the Laba Festival.It is said that the ice on this day is miraculous, and after eating it, you will not have a stomachache for a year.
- Eat Laba Tofu during Laba Festival
Laba tofu is a folk specialty in Qianxian County, Anhui Province. On the eve of the Laba Festival, every household in Qianxian county makes tofu. The folks call this naturally sun-dried tofu "Laba tofu".
- Eat Laba noodles during the Laba Festival
In some places in northern China where there is no or little rice production, people do not eat Laba porridge, but Laba noodles. On the day of the Laba Festival, various fruits and vegetables are used to make saozi, and the noodles are rolled out. The whole family eats Laba noodles in the Laba morning.
- Laba Festival Sacrifice
On the day of the Laba Festival, various places in China will use different ways to worship ancestors, praying for peace and prosperity in the coming year. Therefore, on this day, you can see the phenomenon that every family worships ancestors, but because of regional differences, the way of worship will also vary different.
Well, the above is the introduction of the Chinese Laba Festival, you can take a look to see if there are similar festivals in your country, and find out what are the similarities and differences! Finally, share an ancient poem related to the Laba Festival to end today's content!
《là rì》（Táng）Dù Fǔ
là rì cháng nián nuǎn shàng yáo ,jīn nián là rì dòng quán xiāo .
qīn líng xuě sè hái xuān cǎo ,lòu xiè chūn guāng yǒu liǔ tiáo .
zòng jiǔ yù móu liáng yè zuì ,huán jiā chū sàn zǐ chén cháo .
kǒu zhī miàn yào suí ēn zé ,cuì guǎn yín yīng xià jiǔ xiāo .