The Laba Festival, the day in most parts of China have the custom of eating Laba porridge. Laba is a harvest year with eight fresh food and fruits boiled, usually for the sweet porridge. The Central Plains have many farmers prefer salty to eat Laba porridge, porridge in addition to rice, millet, mung bean, cowpea, peanut, jujube and other raw materials, but also add pork, radish, cabbage, vermicelli, seaweed, tofu and so on.

Laba Festival, the original ancient harvest celebrations, thanks to ancestors and gods (including the goalkeeper, household God, house of God, Kitchen God, well God) rituals, in addition to worship ancestors the activities, but also by people infected. This activity comes from the ancient Nuo (avoid the outbreak of the ancient ceremony of exorcism.) One way to prehistoric times, the exorcism of medical treatment illness. The activities of the twelfth lunar month as the witchcraft epidemic of custom drum drive, this and other areas in Hunan is still retained Xinhua. Later evolved into a commemoration of the Buddha Sakyamuni Road religious holiday. Xia said the December date, "Ka-ping," Shang was "clear Si", Zhou as "big wax"; due to be held in December, it said the month is the twelfth lunar month, known as La La at the festival that day. Pre wax at the third after the winter solstice Xu day fixed in the twelfth lunar month before the Northern and Southern started eighth day.

"Said the text" contains: "Shu at December after the winter solstice festival three hundred gods." Visible, Shu third day after the winter solstice was December day. Buddhism after the intervention of the Prince at eighth day in December changed since then Xiangyan into the vulgar.