With the Laba Festival, a traditional Chinese celebration that falls on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month, starting today, China's lunar new year Spring Festival will officially get underway in rural areas. A festive atmosphere will fill villages and households as people slaughter pigs, make tofu, prepare preserved meats and get ready for the Chinese New Year.
The village head sits on a tractor as farmers inspects the pigs.
Villagers bow to the pigs that will soon be slaughtered.
Black and white pigs pass along a fenced path as residents beat drums and gongs.
A meat smoker preserves meat as smoke fills his smokehouse.