Hundreds of tables of gourmet, ringing gongs and drums, dragon and lion dance.... Guanyao Lettuce Party, a feast that has a history of over 400 years and is also one of Guangdong provincial intangible cultural heritages, will start on the 26th day of the first lunar month (March 2nd) !
On this day, after praying, people will eat lettuce packages in front of the temple. Lettuce package refers to the Chinese meaning of having many kids and a happy family. It is a tasty traditional food with a wish of good luck and fortune.
There are certain procedures to eat lettuce packages. After washing the lettuce, put some rice and dishes in it, add some sauces, wrap it into a package, and then have a bite of it. Succulent stir-fried dishes covered by sweet and crunchy lettuce make a special tempting flavor. And all of the dishes have good meanings in Chinese. For example, Chinese pickles fried with clam means that descendants stand out, and vermicelli fried with small shrimps means living a long and wealthy life.
Every year, Shishan Guanyao Lettuce Party not only invites guests to enjoy hundreds of tables of feasts, but also has lion and dragon dance performances in the morning and afternoon, which makes a bustling scene!
Besides Guanyao in Nanhai Shishan, Ronggui and Leliu in Shunde will also hold lettuce parties.
On the 25th day of the first lunar month, Ronggui will hold a special ceremony——Lettuce Party. Lettuce Party is a traditional folk cultural activity that dates back to the Song Dynasty. People will gather together to enjoy a wonderful feast of lettuce.