A girl eats Laba congee in Yangzhou, Jiangsu province, Jan 5, 2017. Today marks the Laba Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday on the eighth day of the 12th lunar month. It's customary on this day to eat a special Laba congee, or eight treasure porridge, usually made with at least eight ingredients, representing people's prayers for harvest, happiness and peace.
A sanitation worker receives free Laba congee and baozi (steamed buns) as breakfast in Xuchang, Henan province, Jan 5, 2017.
A volunteer gives a bowl of free Laba congee in Wenling, Zhejiang province. This year, about 3,000 volunteers from all walks of life in the city are participating in the distribution of free congee.