Traditional Chinese Holiday: The Laba Festival
The Laba Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar Chinese calendar. “La” represents the 12th lunar month， and “ba” means eight.
Laba Festival, the original ancient harvest celebrations, thanks to ancestors and gods rituals, in addition, to worship ancestors the activities, but also by people infected. This activity comes from the ancient Nuo.
The activities of the twelfth lunar month as the witchcraft epidemic of the custom drum drive, and other areas in Hunan are still retained in Xinhua. Later evolved into a commemoration of the Buddha Sakyamuni Road religious holiday. Xia said the December date, “Ka-ping,” Shang was “clear Si”, Zhou as “big wax”; before the Northern and Southern started eighth day.
So what should people do at the Laba Festival? There are usually three types.
There are many legends about Laba porridge among the people.
A more widespread statement is about Zhu Yuanzhang, the founding emperor of the Ming Dynasty. When Zhu Yuanzhang was about to starve to death as a child, he found a mouse hole hiding red beans, rice, red dates and other grains in the corner. He took out the grains and cooked them into porridge, which was extremely sweet. After he ascended the throne, Zhu Yuanzhang remembered this one day and ordered the imperial chef to cook a pot of porridge mixed with various grains and beans. Because this day is the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, Zhu Yuanzhang named it Laba porridge.
Laba porridge is made from a variety of ingredients. The ingredients vary from region to region. The main ingredients are glutinous rice, red beans, millet, Chinese sorghum, peanuts, dried lotus seeds, dried dates, almonds, chestnuts, walnuts, etc.
The porridge must be boiled for many hours and then offered as a sacrifice to the ancestors. Virtually every household in China eats Laba porridge on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. Today, Laba porridge serves as a symbol of reunion, good fortune, long life, and fruitful harvest.
As soon as the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month arrives, the Chinese New Year atmosphere becomes stronger day by day. In most areas of North China, there is a custom of soaking garlic in vinegar on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month, which is called Laba garlic. Laba garlic is brewed on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. It is a custom in North China. The ingredients are vinegar and garlic cloves.
Pickled Laba Garlic is a traditional snack mainly popular in North China and is a festival custom of the Laba Festival. The ingredients for Laba garlic are very simple, just vinegar and garlic cloves. The method is also extremely simple. Put the peeled garlic cloves into a container that can be sealed, such as a jar or bottle, then pour vinegar into it, seal it, and put it in a cold place. Slowly, the garlic soaked in vinegar will turn green, and eventually, it will become completely green, like emerald jasper.
Laba vinegar, a traditional Laba Festival custom. On Laba Day, the custom of soaking garlic in vinegar is called “Laba Vinegar”. You should soak Laba vinegar until the first day of the Lunar New Year. You will eat dumplings on the first day of the Lunar New Year. Eating them dipped in Laba vinegar will give you a unique taste. “Laba vinegar” not only tastes mellow but also lasts for a long time.
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