In the spirit of the Lunar New Year, Temple City’s large Chinese population hosts its own festivities.
Written by ANGELA LI / Published February 5, 2010
The Temple City Chinese American Association, along with the city, sponsored a festival for Lunar New Year at Temple City Park on Saturday, January 30.
The festival featured a winding list of entertainment shows including performances from S.K. Taekwondo. Gymnasts and dancers of all ages performed pieces in the traditional Chinese style, showcasing their cultural arts.
Various types of merchandise, boutiques, and information booths surrounded the gazebo.
There was one booth where people could practice calligraphy. With a brush, they were able to write special Chinese characters associated with character traits onto a square piece of paper, effectively making a traditional New Year’s fortune.
If you were too shy to do your own calligraphy, another booth featured several professional calligraphers who could transform anything you wrote down for them into a beautifully designed masterpiece. Characters would “become” dragons, phoenixes, fish, flowers, trees, and other designs. A crowd had gathered, watching in curious astonishment at their skill.
Visitors could also get free snacks provided by local restaurants and free yellow phone book distributed by the Chinese yellow book company. A fundraising booth was selling beautiful Chinese lanterns, key chains, and other jewelries, and behind it was a children craft booth for children to have fun coloring the 2010 Chinese year-mascot, the tiger.
The Lunar New Year celebration lasted three hours, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It concluded with raffle tickets drawing. All winners went home with blessing gifts. This early celebration for Lunar New Year has added more cultural color into the city of Temple City.