CALEXICO — Chinese legend tells of a great lion descending from the heavens to bless man with good luck and prosperity.
Come Sunday, the lion will bestow its good fortune upon the merchants of Calexico when the Temple in the Valley of the Sun here performs the traditional Chinese New Year lion dance at various businesses between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
Additionally, the temple, also known as the Calexico Martial Arts Academy at 403 Imperial Ave., from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday will have a Chinese New Year closing ceremony in which academy martial arts students will again perform the lion dance as well as stage kung fu, tai chi and other martial arts demonstrations.
"In keeping with tradition the lion will come from heaven and bless everyone with good luck and prosperity," said Alex Lee, martial arts instructor and owner of Calexico Martial Arts Academy. "And, at the request of the local merchants, the lion will stop at their business or home to share all the abundance and happiness from heaven."