Today is the second day of the second month in the Chinese lunar calendar and that means that the Longtaitou Festival is here again! A magical day in which a mystical dragon finally raises its head and brings rain for the coming planting season. It also happens to be the day when children from across China cry out in vain while getting tacky buzz-cuts, much to their parents’ amusement.
Just like last year, this holiday was marked by photographers visiting a barber shop and snapping up pictures of weeping children and their delighted parents who hope to leave the salon with some good luck for the coming year.
Enjoy all 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.
Over the years, the dragon has also developed a taste for children’s tears.
GET ME THE FUCK OUT OF HERE!
Hey, at least some kids enjoyed it.
Happy Longtaitou Festival!
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