This past Saturday was the second day of the second month in the Chinese lunar calendar, marking the Longtaitou Festival (龙抬头), a day in which the mystical dragon finally raises its head and brings rain for the coming planting season. It’s also an occasion in which protesting children get a snazzy buzz-cut, much to their parents’ amusement.
To mark the holiday, a photographer stopped into one barber shop in Xiangyang, Hubei Province as parents streamed in with their mop-topped children, hoping to leave with good luck for the coming year. Check out the photos of the cuteness, tears and carnage.
The Longtaitou Festival (translating to Dragon Raising its Head) is a traditional Chinese agricultural celebration based around appeasing the dragon, bringer of wind and rain.
Ways of appeasing said dragon include: eating pancakes and noodles and getting your head shaved. Meanwhile, sewing is absolutely forbidden (just in case you accidentally poke out the dragon’s eye) and ashes are spread around the house, inside the house and around an earthen jug to invite the dragon to make it rain.
Perhaps the dragon is also developing a taste for children’s tears.
And the artistic finished products:
Happy Longtaitou Festival!
Make sure to plan ahead next year!
by Alex Linder
[Images via NetEase]