Bok Kai Festival
2017


Each spring since the heyday of the gold rush,
the Bok Kai Parade makes its way
through Marysville, California.
The parade celebrates the Chinese water god Bok Eye,
who protects the community from flooding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Businesses hang green cabbage
so that the 175 foot long golden dragon,
"Hong Wan Lung”
      may bring good luck for the coming year.
                                                                                                     
                                                                                                                      Seated beside the Feather River
is the the Bok Kai Temple,
     which before the levee’s construction
       was repeatedly devasted by flooding.
    For years, Chinese residents
    were restricted to building in this high-risk zone.

Today, an effort to restore the temples’
water-damaged frescoes is underway.