Chinese New Year festival takes over Downtown Jacksonville

Local businesses and restaurants along California St. in Jacksonville cover their windows and storefronts with Chinese New Year decorations. (Jennevieve Fong / News 10)

In celebration of the Lunar New Year, families gathered in Jacksonville to take part in the festivities. With lanterns hanging all over town, the Jacksonville community showed they are ready to celebrate the new year.

Despite the winter weather, a crowd of residents joined together to ring in the Year of the Pig. The 61-foot long dragon, known as "The Mighty One" strutted down California St. as the center point of the parade.

"My favorite part about the parade was the dragons were really cool and they had a lot of color on them," 8-year-old Jacksonville resident Bella Phillips said. "It made me want to come again next year."

Hosted by the Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association (SOCCA), the day had a packed schedule of activities and presentations to teach the community about Chinese culture and tradition.

Participants said there was something at the event for every age to enjoy. There was a featured culinary presentation on how to make firecracker dumplings by Truffle Pig Craft Kitchen. While younger residents enjoyed lantern building, face painting and other games.

"There were a lot of events where kids could come and have face painting and different games from the Chinese culture," Medford resident Maiya Gonsalves said.

The Southern Oregon Chinese Cultural Association was formed in 2006 and is dedicated to facilitating awareness, understanding, and appreciation of Chinese culture and history

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