On January 5, 2017(December 8, 2016 of the Chinese lunar calendar) is a traditional Chinese festival --“The Laba Rice Porridge Festival”, which was also the day the Buddha gained Buddhahood, therefore it has also been declared as the “Dhama Day” and “Thanksgiving Day” in Buddhism. On that day, Shaolin Temple set up sites for providing Laba Rice Porridge for free at the gate of Shaolin Pharmacy Bureau, at downtown area of Dengfeng city and Zhengzhou city, the sub-temples of Shaolin Temple, cultural centers aboard and so on with providing more than 200,000 portions of Laba Congee for free. Through this activity, Shaolin Temple wishes to deliver the value of equality and benevolence of Buddhism and also to carry forward the Chinese traditional national culture.（News: Zou Xiang Photo: Yue Long, the sub-temples of Shaolin Temple）
Master of Shaolin Temple start to cook Laba Congee from the early morning.
Monks of Shaolin Temple enjoy the Laba Rice Porridge.
The ceremony of offering sacrifice to the Buddha
Ven.Abbot Yongxin presides over the Blessing Prayer for Distributing Laba Congee.
Ven.Abbot Yongxin serves Laba Rice Porridge for the masses.
The foreign Shaolin disciple serves Laba Rice Porridge for the masses.
Tasting the Laba Congee to obtain Dharma-joy
Ven.Abbot Yongxin is interviewed by the media.
At the Zijingshan Laba Congee Distributing Site in Zhengshou
At the Henan Mordern Institute of Medicine Hospital
At the Zhengdaozhonghuan Shopping Mall
At the Chan Home Laba Congee Distributing Site in Zhengzhou
At the Chan Hall in the City in Zhengzhou
At the Fu Champion Porridge Shop in Zhengzhou
At the Jinyin Modern City in Zhengzhou
At the Chumuxiang Laba Congee Distributing Site in Zhengzhou
At the Zishou Temple in Lingshi County
At the Zhougu Temple in Xingyang
At the Longhua Temple in Xuchang
At the Baitu Temple in Xuchang
At the Panshan Northern Shaolin Temple in Tianjin
At the Xiaozai Temple in Shaanxi Province
At the Kungxiang Temple in Sanmemxia
At the Kunming Shaolin Temple
At the Yueshan Temple in Jiaozuo
At the Stone Buddha Temple in Jiaozuo
At the Chaogeli Commercial Plazza in Hebi
The ingredients for cooking Laba Congee of Lefo Temple in Beijing
At the Shaolin Bodhi Chan Temple in Shandong Province