Lotus Festival. The large plants are amphibious — their roots anchored in the lake bed while their pink flowers sprout grandly from shower nozzle–like seed heads as they float serenely atop the water on flat, green, saucer-shaped leaves. The lotus is revered in many Asian countries for its spiritual, symbolic aspects of renewal, while its namesake festival is an ongoing celebration of Asian culture. This year, the focus is on China, with folk dance, music, food, kung fu and the always thrilling dragon-boat races.
Some years, the guests of honor don't even bother to show up for their own party, but this month the lotus flowers are in full bloom at Echo Park Lake, just in time for the 38th annual