Bok Kai Festival Dragon

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RVer’s in Norther California may want to head out to the 131st Bok Kai Festival honoring Bok Eye, the Chinese God of Water will take place March 5 and 6, 2011 in Marysville, California.

The festival’s parade is thought to be the oldest continually held one in the state of California.

The Bok Kai Temple in downtown Marysville has been designated as one of the country’s 11 most endangered historic places. The Temple is a tribute to the Chinese who came to America seeking a better life and to work the gold mines in the 1800s.

The Festival opens Saturday morning at 9 a.m. with a 5K Run/Walk. The parade featuring Hong Wan Lung, a 175 foot Chinese Dragon, with his accompanying entourage of Lion Dancers and a variety of other festive parade entrants will begin at 11 a.m.

The Sunday Festival is Bomb Day and will feature ‘Firing of the Bombs’ … a hundred handmade traditional, ceremonial bombs. The bombs are lit, tossed into the air, spewing noise and fireworks and golden rings. Young people dash into the fervor trying to catch the lucky rings.

If you are in northern California or nearby and looking for an great RV destination, come celebrate 2011, the Year of the Rabbit. Activities and parking are free. It’s a great way to learn about the culture you are passing through. There are nearby RV parks, lots to see and some great restaurants.

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