“Ya” is a traditional Festival in southern part of Fukien Province and Taiwan which is celebrated in the second day and sixteenth day every lunar month. So the second day of second month of the lunar calendar is the first day for people to worship Tu Di Gong (Earth God) in a year. This festival is an important worship ritual of wishing for good harvest in the coming months.
At the same time, bosses in many companies will invent employees to dinner on this day to thank their hard working in the last year. Employees will come to dinner happily.
“Touya” Festival is also widely known as Longtaitou Festival in northern area of China, meaning “Dragon Raises its Head”. This traditional agriculture celebration is based around the appeasement of the mystical dragon, who brings wind and rainfall, and controls the insect world. Today, Longtaitou Festival is celebrated in various ways, most of which are still identical to those practiced in the ancient times.
Cutting hair is a traditional custom in Longtaitou Festival still popular today. People believe getting a haircut on that day will bring luck to them, especially among children in Northern area of China.
Ways to celebrate this festival for common people also include eating pancakes and noodles, etc. People in different areas have different food. But most of the food in related with Dragon. And they like putting the character “Dragon” on the food.
The lucky traditions, which went back thousands of years, reflect people’s wish to have a happy life.