Chinese New Year -- the Year of the Tiger
Los Angeles Times photographer Gary Friedman captured Kevin Chen praying outside the main shrine at the Hsi Lai Temple in Hacienda Heights. Chen came to the temple Friday to pray for good health, peace, harmony and his job for the upcoming Chinese New Year, the Year of the Tiger, which begins Sunday.
About 3,000 lanterns are on display at the temple, with the courtyard featuring themes of the tiger. In Chinese culture, there are twelve animals, one for each year. On Sunday at the temple, there will be a service in the morning and cultural performances at 12:30 p.m.