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Radiant Neighborhood Celebration
January 10, 2015

The annual Neighborhood Celebration was held in Fo Guang Shan Hsi Lai Temple on January 10, 2015, inviting neighbors in the Hacienda Heights community to come and celebrate the New Year and to experience the Chinese culture. A total of 95 families of nearly 300 people from the neighborhood and 14 members from The Hacienda Heights Improvement Association-HHIA came to join the festivities. When abbot Venerable Hui Dong led the monastic members to offer blessing lights, many devotees including the young and the old, with their palms joined together and listened to the abbot reciting Venerable Master Hsin Yun's "Prayer for Light Offering".

This year's "Chinese Culture Workshops" was open to the public for a great experience with red lanterns, Chinese drums, calligraphy writing, tea ceremony, meditation, etc.. In the information center, videos introducing Fo Guang Shan was played for participants to view. Fo Guang Yuan Art Gallery also extended its opening hours so that everyone could enjoy woodcarving master RongSi Wu's exhibition. The red lanterns made of red envelopes were among the most popular workshops. Workshop teachers devoted themselves to teach the participants and all artwork materials were taken within one hour. The neighbor guests were then treated with exquisite vegetarian banquet in the Dinning Hall. The evening program included a pre-school's sign language show, Fo Guang Drum Orchestra and BLIA Rowland Subchapter's Korean dance performances...etc. Participants were happy to see the achievement made by Hsi Lai Temple's cultural education. Following dinner, every participant received gifts of "Sanyang Harmony" which was an exquisite calligraphy scroll written by Venerable Master Hsin Yun and beautiful candlesticks. Hsi Lai Temple monastic members distributed one gold and one silver coin, peace candy and red envelope charms to all that participated.