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50,000 people gathered at Xilai Temple on the first day of the Lunar New Year, and 200 people worshiped the mountain in three steps at midnight

On the first day of the Lunar New Year, 50,000 people gathered at Hsi Lai Temple to burn incense, worship the Buddha, and celebrate the Lunar New Year. At five in the morning that day, before dawn, more than 200 people, many of whom were young, worshiped the mountain with three steps and one step. Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple begins its 15-day Spring Festival activities on the 10th (1st day of the first lunar month), including New Year cultural performances, flower lantern viewing, botanical garden party, bell ringing, lighting lanterns to pray Is included. Traditional Chinese painting and dragon culture and art exhibitions etc. to communicate with the public. Welcome the New Year together.

“New Year’s Pilgrimage to the Mountain” at 5 am on the 10th is a traditional Spring Festival activity of Hsi Lai Temple. It was previously suspended due to the pandemic, but reopened this year. More than 200 people climbed the mountain in three stages in the dark from the foot of the mountain. Everyone’s expressions and postures were very solemn, and they were the first people to go out to the spring that day.

After this, people of all ethnic groups from everywhere started coming to Hsi Lai Temple. The volunteers and transportation team of Hsi Lai Temple upheld the spirit of “Three Good Things and Four Benefits” and served people everywhere. Southern California Chinese Orchestra, Japanese Taiko Drums, Indian Dance, Dunhuang Dance,native peoplePerformances such as Aztec dances are full of multicultural charm, allowing visitors of all nationalities to experience the rich flavors and lively atmosphere of Chinese New Year.

Master Huidong, the abbot of Xilai Temple, said that this year is the Year of the Dragon, and the “dragon” is a symbol of great power and auspiciousness. He wished everyone a Happy New Year, good health, happiness and a prosperous career. The New Year cultural performance began with the lively bells and drums of the “Northern Shaolin Lion Dance Troupe”, which performed dragon and lion dances to welcome the public. The beautiful display of lion cubs compelled the children present at the spot to take photographs. ,

Burning incense and worshiping Buddha is popular among Chinese youth. Now this trend has spread to the United States as well.SugarIn the circle, several young men dressed in Hanfu and Spring Festival costumes looked solemn. They had a complex and ritualistic process of worshiping the Buddha and burning incense, which astonished even the elders around. A young man wearing a Year of the Dragon costume said that burning incense and worshiping the Buddha has a sense of ritual, which makes the process more interesting and allows the Buddha himself to accurately bless him. The more unstable the times, the greater the need for spiritual nourishment. Almost every first day of the month, she comes to Xilai Temple to burn incense, worship the Buddha, eat vegetarian food, and pray for the safety of herself and her family. She also attended meditation classes.

A crowd of people gathered at the spot, either ringing bells or offering good wishes. The lanterns on both sides of Buddha Avenue attracted many people of different ethnic groups to examine and take photos. In the parking lot in front of the Five Holy Temples, various traditional botanical garden parties also take place, so that visitors to the temple will not get bored during the spring break. There are many special snack stalls gathered together, such as fried carrot cakes, fried rice cakes, vegetarian steamed buns, etc., and each stall is crowded with people.

Fo Guang Yuan Art Museum’s special New Year exhibition “Auspicious Dragons Flying Together in Ancient and Modern Times” showcases painter Chen Jingji’s Zen calligraphy and paintings, as well as representative dragon culture and art collections, which Attracts public visits. Ms Lin, a Chinese who comes here every New Year to worship Buddha and is a vegetarian, said she not only looks new inside and out, but also wears bright red clothes. She also buys tribute and presents peace lanterns, hoping that the family will be safe this year.

Zhang Guoxing, an insurance businessman who has been a volunteer at Hsi Lai Temple for many years, was busy picking up and dropping off guests on and off the mountain. He said that Xilai Temple will open ride-sharing this year, and it is recommended that people take Uber or Lyft transportation. There are pick-up points on site.

CaliforniaSenator Bob Archuleta, Representative Lisa Calderon, Los Angeles County Supervisor Representative Hilda Solis, City of Industry Police Division Chief Glenn Emery, California Highway Patrol Santa Fe Springs Division Chief Melissa Hammond, San Gabriel City Vice Mayor Wu Chengyuan, La Puente Mayor Charlie Klinkis, Ha Gang Board Chairman Christine Salazar, Xilai University President Xie Minghua, International Buddha Light Association Los Angeles Association President Wu Shuilun and others attended the event.

On the first day of the Lunar New Year, 50,000 people gathered at Xilai Temple to burn incense, worship the Buddha, and celebrate the Lunar New Year. (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)


People stood in long queues in different areas to take photographs.  (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)
People stood in long queues in different areas to take photographs. (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)


The sun was shining on the 10th, and people dressed in festive attire gathered at Hsi Lai Temple.  (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)
The sun was shining on the 10th, and people dressed in festive attire gathered at Hsi Lai Temple. (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)


Master Huidong, the abbot of Xilai Temple, gave a speech.  (Provided by Zilai Temple)
Master Huidong, the abbot of Xilai Temple, gave a speech. (Provided by Zilai Temple)


Insurance businessman Zhang Guoxing, who has been a volunteer at Hsi Lai Temple for many years, leads people up and down the mountain.  (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)
Insurance businessman Zhang Guoxing, who has been a volunteer at Hsi Lai Temple for many years, leads people up and down the mountain. (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)


The Southern California Chinese Orchestra, Japanese Taiko drums, Indian dance, Dunhuang dance, tribal Aztec dance and other performances were also invited to the scene, which was filled with...
The venue also invited the Southern California Chinese Orchestra, Japanese Taiko Drums, Indian dance, Dunhuang dance, tribal Aztec dance and other performances, which were full of multicultural charm. (Provided by Zilai Temple)


Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple started its 15-day Spring Festival event on the 10th, the first day of the first lunar month.  (Provided by Zilai Temple)
Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple started its 15-day Spring Festival event on the 10th, the first day of the first lunar month. (Provided by Zilai Temple)


At five in the morning, more than 200 people climbed the mountain from below in the darkness and bowed three steps at a time.  Everyone's expressions and postures were very pure.  (West...
At five in the morning, more than 200 people climbed the mountain from below in the darkness and bowed three steps at a time. Everyone’s expressions and postures were very pure. (Provided by Zilai Temple)


People stand in queue to offer peace lanterns.  (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)
People stand in queue to offer peace lanterns. (Reporter Zhang Hong/Photography)

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