Temple City is a part of a cluster of cities, along with Arcadia, Rosemead, Monterey ParkSan Marino, and San Gabriel, in the west San Gabriel Valley with a rapidly growing Asian population. The City also has Cuban and Puerto Rican community, among other Latino nationalities. 
  The town was originally called "City of Temple", but the Postmaster General demanded a name change in 1926 because the mail was instead being directed to the Phoenix suburb Temple, it was officially was designated Temple City but remained a City in name only until after the post-WWII population explosion. The redundancy in the name City of Temple City came when Temple City incorporated on May 25, 1960. Currently, Temple City is a destination for East Asian, Eastern European, Middle East and Latino immigrants, especially Chines-Americans. Rosemead Boulevard has several strips malls catering to a largely Asian diverse customer base. A German-American community thrived there in the early 20th century.
"Temple City, Home of Camellias" from which stemmed the annual Camellia Festival. It was in recognition of the significance of family life that the Camellia Festival was founded. The festival, which has attracted national recognition in ensuing years, is sponsored of the City of Temple City. The annual Temple City Camellia Festival Parade takes place the last weekend in February. A parade begins the celebration on Sunday morning, commences at the corner of Las Tunas Drive and Rosemead Blvd.
The annual Saint Luke's Parish Fiestal takes place at the St. Luke the Evangelist Catholic Chirch in April. Located at Broadway and Cloverly Avenue, for three days, game booths, rides and food stalls are open in the community. Today, approximately 900 volunteers, young and old, work in the food and game booths throughout the weekend. Many of the volunteers worked when the first bazaars  began more than 50 years ago. Every year, approximately 10,000 people enjoy the good food, rides, and entertainment throughout the weekend.
The Temple City's Farmer's Market is open every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the parking lot between City Hall and Temple City Park.

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