The Laba Festival is this Sunday, and just in case you aren’t familiar with it, here is what’s up with this traditional Chinese festival.
It falls on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month. As that month is called “la”, and the Chinese word for eight is “ba”, the origins of its name should be easy to deduce.
The custom first originated in the Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) and became popular in the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911). Now it has been over one thousand years that the Chinese people eat Laba Congee on Laba Festival day.
As is known to all, since ancient times Chinese people have attached great importance to growing crops, so when the land bears a good harvest after years of hard work, the farmers will show great appreciation by sacrificing to the ancestors, and heaven and earth. Boiling Laba Congee is one way people celebrate their harvest.
Here are a few of the best places to celebrate the festival around town:
Songjiang Square Pagoda starting at 8am.
Songjiang Xilin Temple.
Jinshanzui Fishing Village from 2-4pm.
May your holidays be joyous and your New Year full of good fortune!
Editor: Bonnie Lu