A celebration of community at Chinatown’s second annual Lantern Festival

City of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh accepts box of ceremonial moon cakes at second annual Lantern Festival on Sept. 26 in Chinatown. (Image courtesy of Julia Wong.) 市長華殊於9月26日在第二屆年度燈會上接受一盒月餅。(圖片由黃秋梨攝。)

City of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh accepts box of ceremonial moon cakes at second annual Lantern Festival on Sept. 26 in Chinatown. (Image courtesy of Julia Wong.)

By Julia Wong

 

The second annual Lantern Festival Celebration took place on Sept. 26 at Boston’s Chinatown. Chinatown Main Street, Mayor Marty Walsh, Art and Tourism and The Rose Kennedy Greenway hosted the event.

At the Chinatown Gate, Tony Yee, president of Chinatown Main Street and Gilbert Ho, one of the board directors, led the board of directors as well as event sponsors onto stage for opening remarks. The praise for Main Street and its positive impact on the community was unanimous.

Mayor Marty Walsh stated it was a very special day for Boston.

Sheila Dillon, director and chief of housing and Department of Neighborhood Development expressed her gratitude to Main Streets and its continued support of 40 businesses in Chinatown.

Stephen Gilman, program director for Boston Main Streets, noted how the festival served as a reminder of how important it was to have an organization such as Main Street in a community.

Suffolk County Sheriff, Steven Tompkins noted “our differences are our strengths and we have to live together in unity, harmony and peace.”

Rose Hom announced the exciting news that Harvard Pilgrim Health Care now offered acupuncture as a covered benefit for up to 20 visits.

The Chinatown Main Street board of directors presented Walsh with a box of ceremonial moon cakes.

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