TEMECULA, CA – The Chinese Spring Festival, or Chinese New Year, is the most celebrated holiday for all Chinese people around the world, said Dan Liu, general manager of Temecula Chinese School. Despite the pandemic, the 2021 festivities will continue, including in Temecula and neighboring towns.
The official Chinese New Year 2021 falls on Friday, February 12, but Temecula Chinese School will celebrate from 7 p.m. on Saturday with a Pre-recorded video on Facebookm featuring students, including some from the Temecula Valley Unified School District and Murrieta Valley Unified School District. Residents from across Southwest Riverside County will also perform. In total, more than 50 artists participated, Lui said.
The public is invited to log in to the free celebration. “We have 20 performances, including Chinese martial arts, Chinese traditional dances, Chinese musical instruments, songs, Chinese dishes and many more,” Liu said.
Last February, the Temecula Chinese School hosted a New Year’s Eve celebration live at the Temecula Valley Museum. The two-hour event drew around 500 people.
With no hope of a live performance in 2021, the non-profit school decided to organize a virtual event. Its production has been a challenge amid the pandemic.
“We asked all performances to practice good social distancing. Everything from filming and editing to combining all the videos – [they were] are all done separately at different places … “Liu explained.
“Even with all the difficulties, participation reached an all time high,” he continued. “We thought about hosting live, but we didn’t because we unfortunately don’t have the necessary equipment. “
Chinese New Year 2021 is the year of the Ox.
“Beef in Chinese symbolizes awesomeness, optimism,” Liu said. “We hope that in the year of the Ox, things will change for the better.”
To watch Saturday’s 7 p.m. celebration, check out the Temecula Chinese School Facebook page. here.