Old Town Auburn is excited to be hosting a celebration of the Chinese New Year, with a day full of fun events.
From 10 a.m. to 4pm, the Joss House Museum at 200 Sacramento Street in Old Town will be offering tours to those who wish to view temple artifacts on display and learn about Chinese history and traditions. Rich in history, the Temple was once a community center, school, and boarding house. Learn about honoring ancestors with incense and joss ($ of gold or silver).
Beginning at 10:30 a.m. are the Kick-Off Ceremonies for “Year of the Dog.” Mission of Joss House Museum & Historic Chinese Cemetery, Museum Artifacts on display.
11 a.m. brings the LION DANCE, performed by Eastern Ways Martial Arts. Red Envelopes will be hung by shops and restaurants to welcome Good Luck from the LION as it bestows blessings upon them.
Auburn Joss House will then receive blessings from traditional LION DANCE.
Lui’s Mandarin Kitchen will be serving a mouth-watering New Year Meal, buffet style. Head to 167 Sacramento Street for some delicious eats while welcoming in the Chinese New Year.
From 12-2 p.m., enjoy the sounds of World Music and Jazz performed by Eric Chun. Also, from 12 to 4 p.m. Caricature Artist Jon A. Guerzon will be present, doing black and white drawings for only $10.
2 p.m. brings the Dog Pageant - dress your pup in a Chinese costume and join in the fun. Best-dressed dog will win a prize.
In celebration of the Year of the Dog, at 3 p.m. man’s best friend will be on parade!