Exhibition: Experiencing Laba Festival Customs Held by Shandong Folklore Culture Museum

Jan,06 2014  from:Shandong Folklore Culture Museum

Date: January. 8, 2014

Location: Shandong Folklore Culture Museum (on Main Campus)

Audience: Faculty/Staff, Students

Category: Exhibition

Sponsor: Shandong Folklore Culture Society , University of Jinan


Admission: Free


The Laba Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar Chinese calendar. "La" is the name given to the 12th lunar month and 8 is pronounced as "ba" in Chinese, which translated is "Laba."

What we know today is that this festival started as a sacrificial offering to ancestors. It was also a time for the ancient Chinese to pray to heaven and earth that there would be a bountiful harvest. Many people hoped for good luck as well for the coming year.

Traditionally, the Laba rice porridge is the most important element of the festival. Generally, the porridge contains eight ingredients which can include glutinous rice, red beans, millet, Chinese sorghum, peas, dried lotus seeds and some other ingredients, such as dried dates, chestnut meat, walnut meat, almond, peanut, etc. The porridge must be boiled for many hours and then offered as a sacrifice to the ancestors. This must be done before noontime. Also, it is a tradition that family members eat the porridge together.

On Jan.8, Laba rice porridge is provided free by Shandong Folklore Culture Museum.

Meanwhile, long historied Jiaodong food mould, oil lamps and picture-story books offered by three folk collectors will be exhibited.