“过了腊八就是年”，After lunar 8 December, it is Chinese New Year.
By knock opening a soup kitchen door in Buddhist monasteries,
Chinese kick open lunar
New Year. In this regards, drinking a bowl of warm, sweet,
nuts-rich laba porridge literally warms up for the biggest
annual festival in China with the warm spirits of giving.
Lunar December 8 is right in the deepest of the winter,
which is no deference this year. But according to the local
reports, in many cities, people braved the cold lining up
long queues in front of the Buddhist temples for a bowl
porridge” (讨喜粥). In Guanghua Temple (广化寺) at the heart
Shichahai (什刹海), the monks and
lay Buddhists began to prepare in their annual soup kitchen
since the night of December 7. Early in 6am, at a temperature
of minus 10° C, a long queue materialised before a giant
pot 1.2meters in diametre, and three hours later, 1.5 tons
of porridge were distributed among 3,000 soup lovers.
In Pilu Temple (毗卢寺) in Nanjing,
the initial capital of the Ming
Dynasty, 28,888 bowls (what a lucky number) of “lucky
porridge” made with 38 (another lucky number) nuts, and the
water drawn from an ancient well dug during the Ming Dynasty
were provided to the lucky seekers.
(Original photos by: www.photobase.cn)
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