California State Parks Virtually Celebrate Chinese New Year


See + Do Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park to host online events on February 12, 2021

Tuesday, February 9, 20210

History will come to life in Weaverville with a virtual Chinese New Year celebration and lion dance presented by Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park. This virtual event is offered on the California State Parks PORTS Home Learning Program as well as the Park’s Facebook page. The virtual celebration will air on the first day of the Chinese New Year – Friday, February 12 at 10 a.m. from the oldest continuously used Chinese Taoist temple in California, known as the Cloud Forest Temple.

The celebration will be featured in three separate online programs. The virtual event is presented at Kindergarten to Grade 12 levels in conjunction with the Parks Online Resources School Programming Platform for Teachers and Students (PORTS).

To see this event, you can register as a participant here to receive a link OR join by consulting the park Facebook page. The event will also air on the main Facebook page.

Virtual agenda:

10 a.m. – Traditions in the cloud forest temple

Jack Frost, California State Park Historic Landmark Guide, will welcome you to the temple to introduce you to Chinese New Year traditions. The special significance of incense, food offerings, money, and revered ancestors will be shared.

11 a.m. – Lion dance and lantern crafts

We start with the colorful lion dance presented virtually by lion dance group, Eastern Ways. A lion dance is one of China’s oldest cultural performing arts. The Chinese believe that “the lion will preserve peace and quiet in the community and prevail over all evil to bring joy and happiness in the new year.” Several Chinese-born guests will share their memories of their start to the New Year. Then there will be a demonstration of traditional red lantern making and discussion of the years of the Chinese zodiac.

1 p.m. – Temple heartbeat and firecrackers

Viewers will share a special sacred moment in the Cloud Forest Temple and the temple’s unique heartbeat will sound on the gong and drum. The final of the event will ignite powerful Chinese firecrackers to scare away evil spirits!

Interior shrine and altar inside the “Cloud Forest Temple”, the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California, located in Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park.

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