LA Invites You to Chinese New Year Celebrations
The Chinese New Year of the Ram (Year of the Goat) as per the Chinese calendar symbolizes the year of health, wealth, and prosperity for people. The Chinese community welcomes their new year with traditional celebration.
The people gather at the temple and make oblations to the deity by burning crackers to awaken the deity for ushering the blessings and good fortune for the New Year. The celebration proceeds with the participation of lion dancers, family heads, Taoist and Buddhist monks, and people from the Chinese community residing in Southern California.
Welcoming the Chinese New Year
The Chinese New Year will be celebrated at Chinatown Los Angeles, CA, that begins on February 19, 2015 followed by lot of activities and cultural programs at midnight. According to the Chinese calendar, the Sign of Goat is the eighth animal sign appearing on the 12- year animal cycle in the Chinese zodiac. The celebration commences with a midnight ceremony at the Thien Hau Temple in Los Angeles. This temple is a famous worshiping place of the Chinese community in Los Angeles area. The main deity of this temple is Mazu, the goddess of sea and patron saints.
Activities during the Celebrations
The Chinese New Year celebration continues for 15 days from the day of commencement. A number of activities are organized during the New Year celebration in Chinatown. It includes performances by the lion dancers, fire cracking, and various activities for the kids. Many people visit the temple during the first week of the New Year to seek the blessings of the deity for the year ahead.
Explore the different kind of Chinese delicacies on the eve of the celebration. Witness the Chinatown parade that dates long back. Kids can enjoy the activities like making paper lanterns on this eve. Art and craft workshops are organized where people get to know more about the ancient arts of China and you can witness face painting, dough, and candy sculpturing by expert Chinese cultural artisans. There are various other programs performed during the celebration of this auspicious day. People make several visits to the temple for blessings and to watch the celebrations in progress.
Significance of the 15 Days of Celebration
Each of the 15 days of the New Year celebration has characteristic significance.
- The first days starts with set off of firecrackers followed by The Day of Son-In-Law, The Red-Dog Day and Mice Wedding Day, Welcoming the God of Stove Back, Welcoming the God of Wealth, Clear-Water Master Day (The God of Pig Day), The Human Day and The Completion Day
- These are followed by: The Birthday of King of Heaven - Jade Emperor, The Eating Day, The Break Day, The Diarrhea Day, The Death Anniversary of General Kuan Yu, The Lantern Decoration Day and The final day marks the Lantern Festival.
Venue: Thien Hau Temple, Chinatown.
Date: February 19, 2015.
Time: The ceremony will commence at 10 p.m.
Address: 756 Yale St, Los Angeles
Entry fee: Free