The culture and traditions of China's Longtaitou Festival

chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-03-08 14:45
Performers in the middle of a dragon dance in Shenyang, Northeast China's Liaoning province, March 8, 2019. Er yue er, or the second day of the second month on the Chinese Lunar calendar, is the festival where the "dragon raises its head" according to Chinese people, marking when winter turns to spring. [Photo/IC]

The traditional Chinese Longtaitou Festival, or Dragon-Head-Raising Festival, falls on the second day of the second lunar month every year, and recognizes the start of spring and farming. This year it falls on March 8.

Ancient people believed that after this day, rainfall increases because the rain-bringing Dragon King has awakened from his winter sleep.

A well-known phrase goes, "Er yue er, long tai tou," meaning, "On the second day of the second month, the dragon lifts his head."

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