Saturday, May 21 2022

OROVILLE — Music, marching band and a dancing dragon line up for the Chinese New Year celebration at the Oroville Chinese Temple and Museum on Sunday.

The free celebration is open to the public and will begin at noon at the temple and museum complex, 1500 Broderick St.

Kicking off the Year of the Tiger celebration is a special lion dance blessing. Lion dance is a traditional dance form in Chinese culture and other Asian countries in which performers imitate the movements of a lion in a lion costume to bring good luck and fortune, according to Jordan Daley, senior administrative assistant at the city.

After the dance, the Butte Music Teachers Association of California Youth Orchestra will perform classical music beginning at 1:30 p.m. and ending at 3:00 p.m.

This event will feature a new arrangement of Lego depicting “Chinese culture, scenes and buildings,” Daley said. The Legos were donated by one of the museum guides and built by the guide’s grandson. They will be displayed in the main building of the complex for the event and for a limited time after the event.

“We look forward to bringing this free event back to the community after having to cancel last year due to COVID. We have loved working in partnership with a youth orchestra all these years. And we can’t wait to show off the new Lego display,” Daley said.

The Oroville Chinese Temple complex has its roots in the 1860s, when the Chinese community was very vibrant and active in the area.

Within the temple grounds are three separate temples; the temple of many deities, a temple of Confucianism and a Buddhist temple. Also on the grounds is an exhibition hall displaying tapestries from the temple and the long-gone Chinese theater. The Cullie Hall features Chinese and American costumes from 1840 to 1940. The Fong Lee Building houses a replica of a herb and gold buying shop. The courtyard and gardens feature plants native to China and a traditional fish pond. City guides will be on hand to provide interesting information on each of the areas.

The temple and museum will reopen for tours in March after being closed due to the pandemic. For more information or to arrange a visit, contact the Oroville Parks and Trees Department at 538-2401 or by visiting www.cityoforoville.org.

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