The Temple City Chinese American Association (TCCAA) held their annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, January 31, 2009 at the Temple City Park.
The event lasted from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and had over several hundred in attendance.
Booths, providing fun and games, were set up around the park for young children and teenagers. Children were also given the chance to learn how to write in Chinese calligraphy.
Other booths sold good luck charms and decorations for the home. Free food was handed out local Chinese restaurants.
“It was a great success because hundreds of people came,” councilwoman Judy Wong says, “And it’s much different from the other lunar festivals in Chinatown or Monterey Park because our festival [had] free games, free food, free prizes, and more, while other festivals charge admission for games and food.”
If you happened to miss this year’s festival, be sure to attend next year’s celebration.
“We hope even more families will come out next year to celebrate,” adds Wong. “It’ll definitely be an event that you won’t want to miss.”
This article was written by Vincent Wei. It was published in the Temple City Voice on February 13, 2009.