Located on the banks of the Yuba River, in historic Marysville, Calif., the Bok Kai Temple is a treasured community landmark, managed in cooperation with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Bok Eye, the god for which the temple was named, oversees waterways and rains, and is believed to be Marysville’s protector against flooding when the river waters rise. Additionally, the temple is home to several murals depicting Chinese culture, believed to be the only ones of their type, and excellently preserved condition, in the world today.
Every March, the Bok Kai Parade takes to the streets. Celebrating the dragon, who also has power over cvs nexium price water and flooding, and the lunar new year. Festival events include the colorful parade, live dance and music performances, an exhibition by Lion Dancers, and local food merchants and artisans.
The festival highlight is the Bomb Day celebration, where 100 bombs are lit and fired into a controlled area. Pre-selected particpants, usually young men, race to catch the “good fortune” rings which are shot into the air when the bombs explode. The bombs are hand-crafted in Marysville for Bomb Day by local artisan Tom Lim, who leaned the craft in China. This event is believed to be the only one of its kind in the United States and has been held annually since 1880.
Mar. 1-2, 2014