Quincy rings in Year of the Dog

The Quincy Lunar New Year Festival took place Feb. 11 at North Quincy High School. State Rep. Tackey wished everyone a happy lunar new year. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Quincy rang in the Year of the Dog with its 30th Annual Lunar New Year Festival on Feb. 11 at North Quincy High School, attracting hundreds of attendees.

Quincy Mayor Tom Koch said in a prepared statement, “From the performances to the food, arts and crafts and activities for all ages, the Lunar New Year Festival is a wonderful symbol of Quincy’s great diversity.”

The event featured live kung fu demonstrations, dance performances and food. Vendors sold Lunar New Year supplies of red envelopes to hold “lucky money” gifts and plants to make homes festive. A karaoke contest quickly filled up, with singers performing hits in English, Cantonese, Mandarin and more. Author Grace Lin read with children, who joined her to put on a dramatic performance. A dog mascot and the God of Fortune made the rounds, swarmed by attendees keen for selfies. Food and drinks from local businesses provided sustenance to attendees.

Event organizer Quincy Asian Resources, Inc. (QARI) CEO Philip Chong said he was proud of Quincy’s diversity, with Asians representing more than 27 percent of the city’s population. He also appreciated more than 400 youth from QARI’s Youth ServiceCorps, who volunteered time to organize the festival.

“We are Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and more, with distinctive cultural traditions. The Lunar New Year Festival provides a haven for which we can come together to celebrate, share and honor these traditions,” Chong said in a prepared statement.

Elected officials at the event included Mayor Koch, Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade Nam Pham, state Rep. Tackey Chan, Quincy City Councilor Brad Croall and Quincy City Councilor Nina Liang.

QARI was founded in 2001 to foster and improve the social, cultural, economic and civic lives of Asian Americans and their families to benefit Quincy and its neighboring communities.

Quincy City Councilor Nina Liang greeted attendees Li Chen and Stanley Thang from South Cove Manor at Quincy Point. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

Author Grace Lin staged a play with children. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The Year of the Dog celebration featured an adorable dog mascot. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

The God of Fortune made the rounds with festivalgoers. (Image courtesy of Ling-Mei Wong.)

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About Ling-Mei Wong 黃靈美

Editor of the Sampan, the only bilingual Chinese-English newspaper in New England 舢舨報紙總編輯。舢舨是全紐英倫唯一的中英雙語雙週報。
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