To mark the annual Longtaitou Festival (龙抬头) yesterday, some 2,000 villagers attended a temple fair to eat noodles served in a massive pot at the Bailong Temple in Anyang county, Henan province.
The traditional Chinese agricultural festival, held annually on the second day of the second month of the Chinese lunar calendar, marks the start of spring and the farming season.
The villagers in attendance believed that the celebration would help to avoid mishaps and prevent illness over the year. Hopefully the noodles tasted alright as well.
On this special day, besides eating noodles, people from across China also eat Chinese pancakes, light up dragon lanterns, pray for luck and, of course, get their (children’s) hair cut.
Remember to mark your calendars next year!
By Lucy Liu
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