Temple fairs spread New Year fun in Changsha
Temple fairs are underway right now in Changsha, fueling the joyful atmosphere surrounding the nearing Chinese New Year.
Part of the traditions, New Year temple fairs are held at Huogongdian, a renowned dining and entertainment district of Changsha, capital of Hunan province. The fairs run from Little New Year (Chinese: Xiaonian), usually a week before the Lunar New Year to the Lantern Festival, the 15th day of the first lunar month.
This year's temple fairs began on Jan 21 and have attracted large crowds drawn in to watch opera performances, magic shows, singing, and dancing. All this accompanied of course, by Changsha's eponymous snack foods, such as stinky tofu and sisters' rice balls.
A girl admires a rooster-shaped clay figurine at a temple fair held in Huogongdian. [Photo by Shi Zhenzhuan/Changsha Evening News]
Approaching fair highlights at Huogongdian include a folk fair on Jan 28, a handicraft fair on Feb 6, and a lantern fair on Feb 11.
Organized by the government of Tianxin district, the fairs are an ideal place for families to spend time together. This year, the government has promised to give New Year gifts to people who send photos of family attending temple fairs to its official WeChat account "Weitianxin".
Children buy candy sculptures made with liquid malt sugar at the temple fair. [Photo by Shi Zhenzhuan/Changsha Evening News]
Source: Changsha Evening News