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Laba Festival observed throughout China

2009-01-03 09:10:20 GMT2009-01-03 17:10:20 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Citizens take free "Laba Porridge" outside a time-honored pharmacy in Shanghai, China, Jan. 3, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Citizens queue in line for "Laba Porridge" outside a time-honored pharmacy in Shanghai, China, Jan. 3, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

Citizens take free "Laba Porridge" outside a time-honored pharmacy in Shanghai, China, Jan. 3, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

An elder enjoys a bowl of hot porridge provided by Gongdelin Vegetarian Restaurant in Beijing, capital of China, on Jan. 3, 3008. (Xinhua Photo)

Waitresses prepare bowls of hot porridge for local residents at Gongdelin Vegetarian Restaurant in Beijing, capital of China, on Jan. 3, 3008. (Xinhua Photo)

Citizens take free "Laba Porridge" outside a time-honored pharmacy in Shanghai, China, Jan. 3, 2009.

Caldrons of "Laba Porridge", which is made from dozens of ingredients, were served freely for local citizens by a pharmacy in Chenghuang Temple in Shanghai on the Laba Festival on Saturday.

The tradition of drinking the porridge cooked with fresh paddy and nuts on the Laba Festival is observed throughout China on the eighth day of 12th lunar month every year.

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