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The aroma of Laba porridge

2011-01-11 03:12:01 GMT2011-01-11 11:12:01 (Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Staffers at a temple in Xi'an of Northwest China's Shaanxi province cook Laba rice porridge ahead of Laba Festival, which falls on Jan 11 this year. Xinhua photo

Staffers at a temple canteen in Xi'an, Northwest China's Shaanxi province select lotus seeds to make Laba rice porridge, Jan 10, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Staffers at a temple canteen in Taizhou, East China's Jiangsu province prepare ingredients to make Laba rice porridge, Jan 10, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Staffers at a temple canteen in Taizhou, East China's Jiangsu province prepare ingredients to make Laba rice porridge, Jan 10, 2011. [Photo/Xinhua]

Free Laba rice porridge is distributed Monday for the upcoming Laba Festival on Jan 11 in Zhengzhou, capital of Central China's Henan province. [Photo/Xinhua]

The Laba Festival, which falls on the eighth day of the twelfth month on the lunar calendar, commemorates Sakyamuni Buddha's enlightenment.

Chinese celebrate the day by eating Laba porridge, which is made with rice, nuts, cereal and dried fruit.

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