Well-decorated pigs are laid in rows to compete for this year's "big pig competition", a folk tradition, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009, in Shantou, Guangdong province. The pig with the heaviest weight and most beautiful decorations will be declared the winner. After that, the meat will be shared among relatives and friends. The tradition, dating back to the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), was originally held by villagers who sacrificed their pigs to pray for good luck and dispel epidemics. [Photo: Xinhua]
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