Lucky 15,000-kg 'rice tortoise' completed in Quanzhou

08:45, February 05, 2010      

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A huge tortoise shaped out of 15,000 kilos of bagged rice was completed on Wednesday, February 3, 2009, in Quanzhou to be part of a folk cultural ceremony to pray for good fortune in the New Year. (Photo: qzwb.com)


A huge tortoise shaped out of 15,000 kilos of bagged rice will be used during a prayer ceremony for good fortune during the Chinese New Year at Tianhou Temple in Quanzhou City, southeast China's Fujian Province.

The Southeast Morning Post reports that a folk turtle-blessing ceremony will be held during the Lantern Festival, and afterwards, a large portion of the rice will be sent to local impoverished households.

The "rice tortoise," jointly produced by handicraftsmen from Quanzhou and Penghu of Taiwan, is two meters high, six meters wide and eight meters long, according to a handicraftsman who was involved in making it.

"Turtle-blessing" is a unique folk activity in Taiwan done by citizens in Penghu each year during the Lantern Festival.

Source: CRI online
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