A festival was held in a village in the central China province of Hunan this week to celebrate bacon making and give thanks to the pigs that support the local economy. In Laoyisan village in Guzhang county, in western Hunan, locals brought all the pigs they raise at their homes to a fenced pen outside the village administration building on Wednesday for the event, provincial news portal Rednet.cn reported. The village chief stood on a tractor to inspect the group of pigs, some of which had been decorated with red ribbons and large red fake flowers. Chinese police save pig’s bacon – for now – seconds before butcher carries out premature slaughter Five “model pig keepers” received awards and shared with their fellow keepers their experiences and tips on how to raise pigs well, and hundreds of villagers bowed to the animals to thank them for providing their owners with a living. After the inspection, one pig was chosen to be slaughtered. The event was to celebrate Hunan-style bacon, traditionally made at the end of the lunar year when the weather is cold, so no refrigeration is needed during the steps, the report said. The bacon is available in an online store, with newly made product to be ready for Lunar New Year sales, the report said.