Scene taken in Jiangda-ban town
January 26th is the 24th day of the 12th month in the lunar calendar, which is also often said as “little New Year” in southern China. Villagers of Tian Houpeng Village in Pujiang Dabban township paste Spring Festival couplets, slaughter pigs and offer sacrifices to ancestors on this day, so as to pray for good weather and prosperity of the country and people.It is the custom of tian Houpeng village to kill pigs for the New Year. Only by killing pigs for the New Year can we truly feel the flavor of the New Year.This year, Tianhoupeng raised a local pig, a group of villagers spent a lot of effort to get the pig on the bench, also invited the village professional pig butcher to kill the pig, after killing the pig, by shedding hair, divided into pieces, and then distributed to the local villagers.”Kill pig, eat pig, we also Chinese New Year, meaning our life without food and clothing, healthy.””Villager Zhu Xunshan said.In addition to killing pigs, families in the village are also busy pasting Spring Festival couplets.Every year, calligraphy lovers in the village are invited to help write Spring Festival couplets. After writing, Spring Festival couplets are posted on the door of the villagers and the hall, which is very festive.”Today is tian Hou Peng people’s Little New Year, this is our village of one hundred years of inheritance, every year to this day, we have to paste Spring Festival couplets, and then eat dinner, this also indicates that our day like this red paper, can live booming, getting better and better.””Villager Zhu Xiaobin said.In the field after peng xiao Nian, to say the most lively, is the ancestor worship activities.At 3 p.m., the ritual begins, with male representatives from each family carrying their own offerings to the Suzhou Temple about a kilometer from the village. These offerings include tofu, rice cakes and fresh pork from the pot, each with a knife and a pair of chopsticks for ancestors to “eat.”In the Suzhou temple, every family lights candles and incense to worship the heaven first, then the gods, and pray for themselves and their families for a year of good weather, happiness and auspiciousness.After worshipping the gods, each family carries its own offerings back to the oldest siheyuan to pay homage to the family ancestors.”We are all gathered together to pray for our ancestors and wish our family happiness, peace and prosperity in the coming year.””Villager Zhu Xunshan said.It is understood that the ancestors of the villagers of Tianhoupeng migrated from Anqing Prefecture in Nanjing in the late Ming dynasty and early Qing Dynasty. They first lived in Fuchunjiang Luzi Village in Tonglu and then moved there. Up to now, they have bred and lived for more than ten generations.The local tradition of slaughtering pigs and offering sacrifices to ancestors has lasted for hundreds of years. Villagers worship their ancestors in this way to pray for their safety and health.