Weaverville ushers in The Year of the Dog


At the historic Joss House in Weaverville, people came from all over to usher in the Chinese New Year on Saturday.

Lion dancers from Eastern Ways Martial Arts in Sacramento came out to perform the traditional Lion Dance. According to Alan Hubbard with Eastern Ways this is the Year of the Dog.

"The year of the dog is going to be a strong year for people. It's said the year of the dog is one of the more powerful years for prosperity and health, so we're looking forward to it," said Hubbard.

California Park and Recreation Sector Superintendent Lori Martin said the temple at the park is called the "Temple in the Forest Beneath the Clouds."

The temple is the oldest continuously used Chinese temple in California and was built in 1874 as a replacement for another that had burned.

On display were art objects, pictures, mining tools, and weapons used in the 1854 Tong War.

The Taoist temple is still a place of worship and a kind-of museum that looks into the role played by Chinese immigrants in early California history.

The next events at the Weaverville Joss House State Park will be 4th of July festivities and the Moon Festival on September 30, 2018.

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