每年的农历腊月(the 12th lunar month)初八就是“腊八节”(Laba Festival)。这被认为是一年中最冷的一天，也预示着春节(Spring Festival)即将到来。
腊八节：Laba Festival ; The laba Rice Porridge Festival
日期：he eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar Chinese calendar
The Laba Festival happy,
The Laba Festival is a traditional Chinese holiday celebrated on the eighth day of the twelfth month of the lunar Chinese calendar. "La" is the name given to the 12th lunar month and 8 is pronounced as "ba" in Chinese, which translated is "Laba." There are several legends about the origin of this festivity and we could not tell which one is true. But what we know today is that this festival started as a sacrificial offering to ancestors. It was also a time for the ancient Chinese to pray to heaven and earth that there would be a bountiful harvest. Many people hoped for good luck as well for the coming year.
Traditionally, the Laba rice porridge is the most important element of the festival. Generally, the porridge contains eight ingredients which can include glutinous rice, red beans, millet, Chinese sorghum, peas, dried lotus seeds and some other ingredients, such as dried dates, chestnut meat, walnut meat, almond, peanut, etc. The porridge must be boiled for many hours and then offered as a sacrifice to the ancestors. This must be done before noontime. Also, it is tradition that family members eat the porridge together. Then they leave some as a symbol of hope for a good harvest the coming year.
腊八蒜： Laba garlic
腊八豆腐：Laba bean curd
下面介绍腊八粥Laba porridge 配料的英文：
配料表 ingredient :
莲子：dried lotus seeds