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Chinese New Year celebration 2016

Dragon tale of dough
New York Teacher
Mew Lee of PS 130 in Manhattan celebrates as she is named a raffle winner.
Jonathan Fickies

Mew Lee of PS 130 in Manhattan celebrates as she is named a raffle winner.

Participants "feed" the dragon during the celebration.
Jonathan Fickies

Participants "feed" the dragon during the celebration.

For 30 years, UFT members have gathered to celebrate the Chinese New Year and this year was no exception as 320 participants watched the fiery dragon dancers, fed the lion envelopes of money to ensure happiness and prosperity and feasted on long-life noodles and shrimp dumplings at the Joy Luck Palace in Chinatown on March 11. This year marks the Year of the Fire Monkey, one of the element-sign combinations that recurs once every 60 years in the Chinese calendar. Born under this sign, you are ambitious and adventurous.

For many, the ambition and adventure played out in striving to master the art of using chopsticks as diners enjoyed the 10-course banquet. The fierce and colorful dragons and lions that circled the celebrants were really PS 130 students under the tutelage of Stanley Moy. Marian Thom, the co-chair of the UFT’s Asian-American Heritage Committee, organized the celebration as she has for more than a quarter of a century. Teachers, paraprofessionals and others from schools across the city joined in the ecumenical festivities. 

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Related Topics: Asian American Heritage