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Origin and customs of Chinese Longtaitou Festival


Longtaitou Festival is a traditional Chinese festival held on the second day of the second month of the Chinese calendar.


The name literally translates to "Dragon Raises Head Day". In the tradition of Chinese culture, the dragon is believed to be the king of all creatures and the ancestor for human being. It is also regarded as the deity in charge of rain, an important factor in ancient agriculture.

龙抬头如果按照字面意思直译成英语就是"Dragon Raises Head Day"。在中国的传统文化中,龙被信奉为万物之王、人类的始祖。另外龙也被认作是古代农业文化的重要元素之一——掌管降雨之神。

Today, it's a little less agriculturally-inclined, and ways to celebrate in style include eating pancakes and noodles, and, believe it or not, getting a haircut or an entirely new hairstyle.


In ancient times, people burned incense to chase odors from the home, ensuring spring arrived fragrant and fresh and full of good fortune. Sewing was forbidden, as the needles might bring bad luck by piercing the dragon's eye. Spreading plant ashes around jugs was also common, as that would urge the dragon to fill them with rainwater.


So start making pancakes, and book that hair appointment today – you'll want to make sure you're ready for Long Tai Tou!



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