Colors of summer at Plumeria Show and Sale!

The Southern California Plumeria Society’s 20th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival took place this weekend in Balboa Park!

The festival’s popular flower show and plant sale attracted a huge crowd to the Casa del Prado and its outdoor courtyard. There were many plumeria plants to choose from, plus friendly advice from experts on how to grow them in our soil and climate. Not to mention colorful artwork to purchase, and food and entertainment!

I walked through the event today and took some photos…

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More photos of the Chinese New Year Festival!

Today I enjoyed spending some time at the Chinese New Year Festival in Balboa Park. I’ve already posted a few colorful photographs here.

Here come even more photos!

This annual festival celebrating the Lunar New Year is hosted by the House of China at the International Cottages. Food, dance and joyful cultural entertainment are abundant.

Yes, my House of Bao steamed bun was super delicious!

If you chuckle at the final photo, keep in mind that 2019 is the Year of the Pig!

The friendly people at this table sell fantastic pop-up greeting cards. Check out the next photo! I promised to link to their website!

A crowd gathers at the International Cottages outdoor stage as the afternoon’s entertainment is about to begin…

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A fun Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park!

A speaker at the festival talks about his experiences aboard the Sakman Chamorro, an outrigger canoe once based in San Diego, but now in Guam.
A speaker at the festival talks about his experiences aboard the Sakman Chamorro, an outrigger canoe once based in San Diego, but now in Guam.

I enjoyed my walk today through the First Annual Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park. The event was sponsored by the House of Chamorros, member of the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages. Those who spent the day had much to experience, including Chamorro food, music, dance, crafts and cultural demonstrations.

I personally enjoyed listening to a talk about the outrigger canoe Sakman Chamorro and its crew of misfits. This traditional Chamorro canoe, built from a northern California redwood tree, used to be based in San Diego’s South Bay, but is now in Guam. I remember seeing the vessel docked by the Maritime Museum of San Diego, and also at the 2015 Pacific Islander Festival in Mission Bay, which I blogged about here.

It appeared to me that everyone at today’s event was having a lot of fun! Hopefully this is the first of many Chamorro festivals in Balboa Park!

Many families gathered for the Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park. Chamorro culture was celebrated on the lawn among the International Cottages.
Many families gathered for the Hafa Adai Arts Festival in Balboa Park. Chamorro culture was celebrated on the lawn among the International Cottages.
Food served up at the festival included red rice and barbeque chicken.
Food served up at the festival included red rice and barbeque chicken.
Traditional woven baskets, beautiful seashells, and other aspects of life in the Mariana Islands are displayed.
Traditional woven baskets, beautiful seashells, and other aspects of life in the Mariana Islands are displayed.
A detailed model of an ancient village A-frame hut. Archaeological records and historical accounts show Chamorros inhabited the Micronesia and Mariana Islands since 2000 B.C.
A detailed model of an ancient village A-frame hut. Archaeological records and historical accounts show Chamorros inhabited the Micronesia and Mariana Islands since 2000 B.C.
A fun, humorous demonstration of how to crack open a coconut.
A fun, humorous demonstration of how to crack open a coconut.
The flag of Guam flies at the Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park!
The flag of Guam flies proudly at the Hafa Adai Cultural Arts Festival in Balboa Park!

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San Diego Diwali Mela festival in Balboa Park.

A good crowd attended the annual San Diego Diwali Mela festival in Balboa Park.
A good crowd attended the annual San Diego Diwali Mela festival in Balboa Park.

The annual San Diego Diwali Mela was held today in Balboa Park. Diwali is the Hindu festival of lights, a cultural celebration which affirms the ultimate victory of light over darkness.

My Saturday walk through Balboa Park included a few minutes at the colorful festival, where I enjoyed upbeat music and entertainment, and resisted the temptation to devour all the tasty-looking Indian food.

Everyone appeared to be enjoying the Diwali Mela. A little research indicates that I missed a Bollywood Dance company performance. Perhaps I’ll catch it next year!

Friendship, shopping and upbeat entertainment was enjoyed at the San Diego Diwali Mela.
Friendship and upbeat entertainment were enjoyed by many at the San Diego Diwali Mela.
Youth perform on stage at the Diwali Mela in Balboa Park.
Youth perform on stage at the Diwali Mela in Balboa Park.
Authentic Indian food was plentiful for hungry people at the festival.
Authentic Indian food was plentiful for hungry people at the festival.
Colorful dresses at several vendor tents were out on display.
Colorful dresses at several vendor tents were out on display. A Mela is a traditional Hindu fair, or market day, where many colorful goods can be found.
The San Diego Diwali Mela created happy memories for many on a sunny October day.
The San Diego Diwali Mela created happy memories for many on a sunny October day.

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A fun peek at the Tartan Day San Diego festival.

Gentleman at Tartan Day San Diego gets help putting on his kilt. The festival took place in Balboa Park on the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages lawn.
Gentleman at Tartan Day San Diego gets help putting on his kilt. The festival took place in Balboa Park on the House of Pacific Relations International Cottages lawn.

Yesterday morning I walked through Balboa Park before heading to the San Diego Padres FanFest downtown. At the International Cottages, folks were preparing for Tartan Day San Diego, an annual festival and celebration of Scottish heritage.

In addition to displays within the House of Scotland, many tables were being set up in the large lawn area for afternoon visitors to enjoy. I took a few photos that provide a fun peek!

Welcoming banner above one tent proclaims Scottish Clan and Tartan Information Center. The Stewart Society, Edinburgh.
Welcoming banner above one tent proclaims Scottish Clan and Tartan Information Center. The Stewart Society, Edinburgh.
The standard of Clan MacDuff, with their crest and motto Deus Juvat.
The standard of Clan MacDuff, with their lion crest and motto Deus Juvat.
The standard of Clan Grant, with their crest and motto Stand Fast.
The standard of Clan Grant, with their flaming crest and motto Stand Fast.
This smiling Scot informed me the clans buried the hatchet long ago. Everyone is on a friendly basis now!
This smiling Scot informed me the clans buried the hatchet long ago. Everyone is on a friendly basis now!
A variety of colorful woolen tartans on display. Each pattern represents a different clan.
A variety of colorful woolen tartans on display. Each pattern represents a different clan.
One table for Tartan Day is dedicated to Scotland's great national poet Robert Burns.
One table for Tartan Day is dedicated to Scotland’s great national poet Robert Burns.
Lots of Scottish gifts on one table include plush bears with tam o' shanters and dolls wearing Scottish dress.
Lots of Scottish gifts on one table include plush bears with tam o’ shanters and dolls wearing Scottish dress.
Two Scottish gentlemen in kilts pass the time at Balboa Park's International Cottages before the Tartan Day festivities begin in earnest.
Two Scottish gentlemen in kilts pass the time at Balboa Park’s International Cottages before the Tartan Day festivities begin in earnest.

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