News Release

Temple City Rings in the Lunar New Year

Traditional festivities will mark the city’s transition into the Year of the Dog.

TEMPLE CITY, CA (Jan. 29, 2018)—Food, bell-ringing and a lively lion dance will help Temple City usher in the Year of the Dog, the 11th sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac based on cycles of the moon’s phases.

Although customary observance of the 2018 Lunar New Year is slated to run Feb. 16 through 21, the city will kick off the fun a couple of weeks early with a community-wide celebration at Temple City Park on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Lunar New Year Festival will spotlight two types of live performances — bell-ringing and a lion dance — that are widely considered bearers of good luck and protection from evil spirits. Both performances come courtesy of a partnership between the city and the Temple City Chinese American Association, which have joined forces to offer, in addition to the entertainment, a series of information booths, traditional foods, and cultural activities for the entire family.

Marking the conclusion of the holiday, a second event will feature tastings of dim sum and tea on Wednesday, Feb. 21. The event, set to run from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Live Oak Park’s picnic shelter, will include samples of Chinese holiday treats typically eaten to commemorate the Lunar New Year, including barbecue pork buns, dumplings, and more (samples will be available free of charge while supplies last).

“This is always a fun and meaningful time,” said Temple City Mayor Cynthia Sternquist. “To many members of the Temple City community, the Lunar New Year is a celebration of their heritage. It’s a wonderful opportunity to honor and enjoy the cultural diversity of our town.”

For more information on both events, call the Temple City Department of Parks and Recreation at (626) 656-7321.

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