Today is Laba Festival. Have you eaten Laba Congee?
Laba Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday which is celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth lunar month. It's a day for celebrating harvest, offering sacrifices to ancestors, and worshiping gods. But above all, it is a day for cooking Laba Congee, a hodgepodge of grains, beans and dried fruits used to invoke peace and good fortune.
Traditionally, the Laba Congee is the most important element of the festival. The Laba Festival, the day in most parts of China have the custom of eating Laba Congee. In the north, it is a dessert with suggar added. In the south, salt is put in. Some people like to add cinnamon and other condiments to add flavor.
If it is cold on Laba, please have some porridge.
It can wet your whistle if you have it as soon as it is no longer hot.
Another custom is the soaking of Laba garlic. Garlic is soaked in vinegar for more than twenty days starting from Laba festival. Then when the Chinese New Year comes, the garlic and vinegar can be served together with dumplings on the table.
Today is Laba, also happens to be a major cold. When Major Cold meets Laba, it is a warm winter.