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Nanyue Temple Hands out Free Porridge in Laba Festival

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Local residents and tourists queue up at the Nanyue Temple on Hengshan Mountain for free Laba porridge. (Photo/Wen Lan) 
 
"Laba" falls on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month (traditional Chinese calendar). The Laba Festival is considered a prelude to the Spring Festival, or Chinese Lunar New Year, which falls on Feb. 5 this year. 
On that day, the Nanyue Temple offered 10,000 bowls of Laba porridge to the public for free. 
 
 
Tourists taste the Laba porridge. (Photo/Wen Lan) 
 
Eating Laba porridge on the Laba Festival is a thousand-year-old tradition in China. Early in the pre-Qin period, 2240 years ago, Chinese people ate Laba porridge on the festival to pray for good harvests and prosperity. 
 
Since 2011, the Nanyue District in Hengyang began to hand out free Laba porridge every year. 
 
This article is from Hunan Provincial Government. www.enghunan.gov.cn. 
 
Translator: Pang Yuehui
 
Chinese source: hn.chinanews.com