Spring Plowing Rite in Liangchen

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Spring Plowing Rite in Liangchen

With beating gong ahead, an old farmer leads a robust buffalo to whose head a red cloth flower is bound. Following him, the buffalo owner holds plow and wears palm cape, trouser legs rolled up. Behind him, other farmers shoulders rice and hay. Walking, they shout. The scene is the Spring Plowing Rite of Hakka, which originates from central China 500 years ago. The rite is to pray national and natural peace and agricultural harvest.

In beginning of spring, in many towns and villages, Liangchen, the rite is held to tell farmers that farming starts now. Farmers open their door and fire firecrackers to welcome the buffalo. 

The rite attracts tourists, many of who take part in the rite by acting as farmers.