Sunday, January 29, 2017

Chinese New Year at the Fa Tzang Bodhi Grove Chinese Temple

Happy Chinese New Year everyone!  Kung Hei Fat Choi!!

Chinese new Year, the year of the Fire Rooster begins today, January 28th and will end on the 15th of February.  Also known as the Spring Festival, it is mark by the lunisolar calendar so the date changes every year.

Because we have traded with our Chinese brothers before the Spanish regime, Chinese influence in the Philippines is evident not only in our food and culture.  A lot of Chinese has settled in the Philippines, making their presence felt in the field of business, media, politics, sports and the like.  We have built schools teaching the Chinese language and there are places of worship. 

I am not Chinese.  I don't think I have a single drop of Chinese blood. But I have a lot of friends with Chinese descent because Bacolod is one place that has embraced the Chinese culture.  We have 3 Chinese schools, and 2 Chinese Temples (that I know of), and we have an area, popularly known as "Shopping" where most of the businesses are owned by the Chinese.

As part of the Chinese New Year celebration, Bacolod City holds Bacolodiat.  Lacson St, the main thorough fare of Bacolod is adorned with Chinese lanterns and will be aligned with booths.  The New Government Center (City Hall), is decorated with the Chinese Zodiac sign.

While we would like to avoid the crowd, yet still celebrate the festival, Ron and I decided to visit one of the Chinese Temples. Pardon our photos as some of them were taken at dusk.



Fa Tzang Bodhi Grove Chinese Temple
Burgos Extension
Bacolod City

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