Friday, August 5 2022

For the second year in a row, Stockton’s famous Cambodian New Year festival has been canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, temple leaders have announced.

The annual celebration, which falls on April 13 this year, draws people from across the United States to celebrate New Year’s, the Year of the Beef in 2021. It’s one of the most important holidays of the year. for Cambodians, with the Pchum Ben festival in October during which they honor their ancestors.

Wat Dhammararam Buddhist temple board member and publicist Lee Inn said the celebration is canceled again this year “to reassure our guests and staff (that their) well-being and safety is our priority. absolute.

Musicians play traditional Cambodian music at the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist temple in 2015 during the Cambodian New Year celebration.

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“Out of an abundance of caution, the temple continues to work with local health officials while strictly adhering to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” he said. “Behalf Wat Dhammararam Buddhist Association Inc., we regret any inconvenience this may cause.

The Stockton South Temple is the spiritual home for thousands of Cambodians who live in the community, and each year the celebration held amid its colorful Buddhist statues attracts some 15,000 people or more to sample the culture and music Cambodian food and feast on Khmer specialities.

San Jose resident Kelly Te takes photos of her family during their annual visit for the 2016 Cambodian New Year festival at Wat Dhammararam temple in Stockton.

Last year, the 90 colorful statues that tell the story of Buddha stood alone and in silence at the temple at 3732 E. Carpenter Road, absent from the crowds and families who chatted and gathered to take photos during the annual celebration. The pandemic has taken its toll on the temple, which has suffered a loss of funding this forced leaders to drastically scale down plans for an ambitious towering structure called Heaven, where people could gather, learn, and pray. Temple leaders hope the New Year celebration can resume next year.

“We look forward to brighter and more promising days for 2022,” Inn said.

The San Joaquin Asparagus Festival, also canceled last year due to COVID-19, will continue this year as San Joaquin Asparagus Days, organizers have announced.

The event, including the popular Asparagus Alley, will take place May 13-16 at Stockton 99 Speedway, 4105 N. Wilson Way, the Noceti Group said in a statement.

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A reclining Buddha, seen in 2018, is one of more than 90 colorful displays at the Wat Dhammararam Buddhist temple, 3732 E. Carpenter Road.

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