We’ll be ushering in the Year of the Pig on Sunday, Feb. 18. Not being Chinese, Vietnamese or Japanese (a few of the ethnicities that have big celebrations for Lunar New Year), you may be wondering why I know this. Well, I used to live up the street from the Hsi Lai Temple, like, literally within walking distance. So every end of January/beginning of February, there would be at least one or two days in which every curb in our neighborhood would be occupied by some stranger’s car, plus we would get a couple of offers for cash to park in our driveway.
I have been there a couple of times, once to do a story for my college paper. But I never got around to taking pictures there, the way I do now of nearly everything around me. So I decided to grab a bunch of photos from Flickr with the tags HsiLai and HsiLaiTemple and put them together in a slideshow.
There will be several celebrations in SoCal to mark the year of the pig (or boar), including the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles’ annual Golden Dragon Parade; the L.A. Zoo’s Lunar New Year Celebration; the LA18 Lunar New Year Parade & Festival in Pasadena (which looks like it might be the most star-studded, including BEP’s Apl.de.Ap as Grand Marshal and Heroes’ James Kyson Lee (he plays Hiro’s sidekick Ando); and OC’s Tet Festival. Naturally, there will be several events at the Hsi Lai Temple on Sunday, so either go early and try to carpool. If there are more, leave it in the comments – those were the only ones I could find with my meager Googling skills.