By O.C. Lee
The City of San Gabriel hosted its first-ever Lunar New Year Festival on Sunday, Feb 15, offering food, fun and entertainment for the whole family in the city's historic Mission District and the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
The city decided to host its own Lunar New Year festival to engage the diverse communities living in San Gabriel and to build bridges across cultures in a unique fusion of the traditional and the modern. The festival also furthers the city's Strategic Plan goal of enhancing its community engagement.
The event kicked off with a traditional Lion and Dragon Dance and remarks and blessings from elected officials. After the festival, all were invited to view a free screening of "Linsanity: The Movie" with a Q&A from producer Brian Yang.
The festival is presented in part by San Gabriel Hilton, Athens Services, SGValley Medical Center and The Pasadena Star News.
Participating community organizations include Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches, Asian Youth Center, Cause Empowerment, Chinatown Service Center, C.A.C.A.-Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Chinese American Museum, CHSSC- Chinese Historical Society of Southern California, Little Tokyo Service Center, Mission High School, Native Sons of Golden West Ramona Museum. OCA-Greater Los Angeles, San Gabriel Mission, and other.
"I would like to thank the staff for their effort to make the first San Gabriel Lunar Festival a success," Mayor John Harrington said. "I would also like to thank Vice Mayor Jason Pu for his effort and providing his leadership to the community. When the community comes together in celebration, everyone benefits."
Photo by O.C. Lee / Feb 15, 2015.
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