Town hosts first ever Lunar New Year celebration

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Ruka Anzai of Jericho Honored as Asian Woman of the Year

To ring in the Chinese New Year of the Tiger, Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor Joseph Saladino and Councilman Tom Hand hosted the Town’s first-ever Lunar New Year Celebration at Town Hall. Held in partnership with the South Asian Advisory Board and numerous Chinese-American Community Groups, the event featured traditional Chinese decorations, cuisines, and cultural rituals, in addition to a ceremony honoring leaders of the Chinese-American Community.

“It was my honor to bring this amazing holiday of the Lunar New Year to Town Hall for the first time in our Town’s history. Together, we celebrated the beginning of the Year of the Tiger, which represents individuals who are brave, competitive, unpredictable, and confident,” Supervisor Saladino said. “That’s why we chose to honor many Chinese-American Community Groups at this event, as their efforts to educate our residents about the Chinese culture and share their rich heritage reflect these values and are immensely enriching to our Town.”

Some of the groups, Chambers, and associations that were recognized include the Chinese Associations of Jericho, Syosset and Plainview; the Long Island Chinese American Association; Sitan Tai Chi and Martial Arts; New York Asian Arts; Theta Math Club; the South Asian Advisory Board; and the Nassau County Office of Asian Affairs. Community Leader Ruka Anzai of Jericho was also honored for her dedication to protecting the quality of life in her neighborhood and tireless work to better our Town for all residents.

“I thank all of the residents who attended this event, as well as Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman who shared in our most festive and historic celebration. It provided a wonderful opportunity to deepen our knowledge of the diverse cultures that make up our town, and I look forward to the Town hosting future celebrations,” Supervisor Saladino concluded.

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Children from Sitan Tai Chi & Martial Arts in Syosset perform during Chinese New Year celebrations at Town Hall

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