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Celebrating the year of the Monkey with a bang in New York

Monday, February 08, 2016 - 01:05

Hundreds of New Yorkers ring in the Lunar New Year. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Ushering in the Year of the Monkey with firecrackers in New York. In Chinese tradition fireworks not only scares off evil spirits -- but brings good fortune. For second generation Chinese American Taylor Kwok it's a time to get back in touch with her roots. (SOUNDBITE) (English) TAYLOR KWOK, SECOND GENERATION CHINESE-AMERICAN, SAYING: "So basically this festival is important because it allows us, Chinese citizens to share our culture with the rest of New York, which has a huge diversity of races." The festivities also attracted tourists like Kaleisha Tisdale who is visiting New York from Arizona. (SOUNDBITE) (English) KALEISHA TISDALE, TOURIST FROM ARIZONA, SAYING: "Just interested in seeing the culture and seeing the celebration. Just learning something new." The Lunar New Year is widely celebrated throughout Asia. In many countries it is a national holiday. In New York, public schools were closed to celebrate the New Year for the first time on Monday. About one sixth of the city's million plus public school students are of Asian descent.

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Celebrating the year of the Monkey with a bang in New York

Monday, February 08, 2016 - 01:05