"Pig Beauty" competition held in Guangdong
2009-February-16 Source: China View website
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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. (Xinhua Photo)

Villagers from Shantou, southern China's Guangdong province, flock to the annual "big pig" competition, which is usually held in the first month of the lunar New Year, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

An elderly villager from Shantou, Guangdong province, explains the local "big pig competition, on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2009. (Xinhua Photo)

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. (Xinhua Photo)

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