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Temple City Rings in the Lunar New Year

Festivities on Feb. 2 will mark the city’s transition into the Year of the Pig.

TEMPLE CITY, CA (Jan. 18, 2019)—Food, bell-ringing and a lively lion dance will help Temple City usher in the Year of the Pig, the last sign in the 12-year Chinese zodiac based on cycles of the moon’s phases.

Although customary observance of the 2019 Lunar New Year is slated to run Feb. 5 through 19, the city will kick off the fun a couple of days early with a community-wide celebration at Temple City Park on Saturday, Feb. 2, 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.

Continuing the holiday celebration, a second event will feature tastings of dim sum and tea on Wednesday, Feb. 6. 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).

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

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