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Chengmai, The Longevity Land Of The World, Celebrates Spring Festival

CHENGMAI, Hainan, China, Feb. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Chengmai County of Hainan Province is the longevity capital of the world. The county was established more than 2,000 years ago. At present, it covers a land area of 2072 square kilometers and a sea area of 1100 square kilometers with a total population of 566,000. An original report by   City Channel of CRI  Online follows.

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Chengmai doesn't only have historical sites such as Yongqing Temple and Jinshan Temple but also has natural and beautiful scenery like Jialongping tropical monsoon forest tourism region. What's more, dozens of local snacks, including Fushan coffee and Fushan roast suckling pig, will satisfy tourists' appetite.

Unique Spring Festival custom: worship "Gong"

People in Chengmai will butcher pigs in the afternoon of lunar Dec. 29 th. They will also worship "Gongzu" with an offering of pork, internal organs, chickens and ducks, and rice balls on lunar New Year's Eve to please "Gongzu" and to protect the family and keep everyone healthy and safe, as well as to wish for a good harvest and thriving farm animals. People who made vows at the beginning of the year must redeem their vows, which is called "Weilu".

At midnight on lunar Jan. 1 st, all families will offer two rickles of sugarcane bars without cortex, a pomelo, three oranges and pork internal organs as a token of worship to ancestors They will also burn joss sticks and candles. Firecrackers will be set off to celebrate the New Year.

All family members will sit together and have a reunion dinner after burning joss sticks. The bowl must be filled again when people finish the first bowl to imply good things should be in pairs.

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