Laba (the eighth day of the twelfth month according to Chinese lunar calendar)

It was originally the Wandao Day of Sakyamuni, the founder of Buddhism, a day in which Buddhists would offer fruits and rice porridges obtained through begging alms to the Buddha, with the rest of porridges distributed to common folks. This is called “Presenting Laba”. Laba porridges are composed of red beans, dates, chestnuts, walnuts, peanuts, sun-flower seed cores, ginkgos, glutinous rice and sugar, tasting sweet, glutinous and delicious with rich nutritions. Though some temples still distribute Laba porridges as alms on this day in following years, people have forgot Buddhist contents concerned, but keep the custom of eating Laba porridges.


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