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Lunar New Year banquet

‘Dog’-gone fun

Students don lion masks to join the dragon dancers and entertain members.Miller Photography  Students don lion masks to join the dragon dancers and entertain members.

UFT members celebrated the Year of the Dog at the UFT Asian American Heritage Committee’s annual Lunar New Year banquet at Joy Luck Palace in Manhattan’s Chinatown on March 9. The event, which featured dinner and traditional Chinese dances performed by students, marked 30 years of the UFT’s observance of Lunar New Year and was planned and organized by Marian Thom, the committee co-chair. Children dressed as a dragon, and attendees “fed” bright red envelopes to the lions, who danced around the restaurant. A Lunar New Year tradition, the red envelopes are a symbol of good luck. “It was absolutely fabulous,” said Joan Brown, a retiree who attended the banquet. “Good company, colleagues, the food, the entertainment.”

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