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Chinese New Year: Chinatown temple ushers in Year of the Horse

View inside the Chua Thien Hau Temple in LA's Chinatown.
View inside the Chua Thien Hau Temple in LA's Chinatown.
Dorian Merina

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Today marks the first day of Chinese New Year – the Year of the Horse. That means big celebrations throughout California’s Chinese communities and communities who have strong ties to China.

One of the biggest here in L.A. will be at the Thien Hau Temple in Chinatown. There people have been preparing for weeks – for the dances, food, lanterns, fireworks and music – that is part of the festivities.   But the temple is also at an interesting point in its life, with a new, younger generation stepping up to continue the traditions.

Vincent Fang is one of those from that younger generation. His family comes from an area in the Southern tip of Vietnam known as Camao. He joins the show to talk about how his family is celebrating. 

Today's lunch service, 11:00-1:30pm.
Chua Thien Hau Temple
750-756 N. Yale Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012

More info from the Chinese Business Improvement District:

The celebration continues through the weekend, Feb. 1st and 2nd with the 115th Annual Golden Dragon Parade and Chinese New Year Festival. Cheer on the spectacular floats, decked-out cars, dancers and bands as they parade down the heart of Chinatown with Grand Marshal Mayor Eric Garcetti.

The Chinese New Year Festival gets underway following the parade with cultural performances, children's activities and hands-on cultural workshops. Taste a bite of Chinatown with traditional Chinese cuisine offered at many Chinatown restaurants, or street food and non-traditional dishes offered by some of LA's hottest gourmet food trucks. There will also be a Craft Beer Garden curated by Eagle Rock Brewery featuring local breweries.