Huairou's 'Lianqiaofan' folk festival to kick off
Huairou District's Lianqiaofan folk festival, known as the most "delicious" temple fair in Beijing, is set to kick off on the upcoming Lantern Festival, which falls on Sunday, Feb. 24.
The three-day festival, an annual traditional celebration hosted in the Yangshudixia Village of the district, dates back more than 180 years. It was listed as state-level intangible cultural heritage in 2008.
On Feb. 25, the sixteenth day of the first lunar month, village girls from 12 to 13, assisted by adult women, will cook a meal for the locals and visitors using the grains, meat, tofu and vegetables they collected from each household the previous day.
It's said this tradition will bring people good luck and great fortune in the New Year, especially for those who find the coins, needles and threads, and thumb-stalls hidden in their bowls.
Before eating the meal, people will throw around rice to feed sparrows, showing their gratitude to the birds which pick up seeds for them as told in the folklore tales, and praying for good luck in the year to come.
There will also be comic skits explaining the origins of the tradition, as well as local opera, other folk performances and foodie fairs.
Venue: Yangshudixia Village, Liulimiao Town
Getting there: Take Bus 916 at Dongzhimen to downtown of Huairou, transfer to Waihuai on to Yujiayuan Station, and transfer to Bus 916 Zhi.
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