The NYC Lunar New Year Celebration at Jacob Javits Center

By Erica Hui

The NYC Lunar New Year 2016 “Student Holiday Celebration” Opening Ceremony was held on February 8th 2016 at Jacob Javits Center North. It was very exciting to finally see that Lunar New Year is an official holiday for thousands of students in New York City. Thanks to Mayor Bill De Blasio, New York City is able to recognize Lunar New Year as a special day for Asians and Asian American to embrace their cultural heritage.

I was extremely happy that Lunar New Year became an official holiday for New York City public school students because I never had the chance to celebrate the holiday with my parents without the fear of being absent in class and missing the lessons that were necessary to know in order to take exams.

Overall, the student holiday celebration was very interesting because of the NDI performances as well as the performances by MC Jin. As a past participant of the national Dance Institute, it was amazing to see that the program I once participated in, can now both see and embrace the importance of the Asian Culture. Also, the most exciting part of this entire ceremony was the performance of MC Jin. As a Chinese-American, he also was excited to be a part of the celebration of Lunar New Year as a formal holiday for public school students. MC Jin performed songs from his previous albums like “ABC” as well as the songs from his new album, “14:59”.

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