The pandemic forced another cancellation. This time, it is the celebration of chinese new year at the Hsi Lai Temple in unincorporated Hacienda Heights, scheduled for February 12-28, which will only be held virtually, not in person.
Gena Ooi, project coordinator for the temple, said there was no choice but to close the temple during this time to avoid too many people showing up. Typically, the Chinese New Year event attracts between 200,000 and 250,000 people, making it one of the biggest celebrations in the United States, he added.
“We just need to be safe,” Ooi said. “It’s sad because it’s really our tradition.”
All Chinese New Year activities will take place online on You Tube. Visit http://www.hsilai.org/en/events/2021NY.php for a link to the various activities that will be held from February 12 to 268.
Scott Martin, president of the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association, said he was sad the coronavirus caused another event to be canceled.
“It’s unfortunate, given the coronavirus and its effects, but they’re also doing what it takes to mitigate any further spread COVID-19 is having on our society,” Scott Martin, president of the Hacienda Heights Improvement Association. “They know they are making a good decision.”
The Chinese New Year celebration isn’t the only event lost to the coronavirus at Hacienda Heights.
The July 4 parade, Jim Davis Beautification Day to Clean the Streets and Taste of the Heights have already been canceled, Martin said.