Houstonians and community leaders welcomed the Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rooster with a super-sized celebration at the Chinese Community Center in southwest Houston’s Chinatown. The diverse crowd enjoyed the colorful festival of Asian and multicultural music, dance, arts and crafts, games and food. Some also dressed in Asian and Indian costumes to celebrate their heritage today.
“New opportunities and new beginnings…freedom,” said Siovan Ha, a Chinese-Vietnamese American on what this celebration means to her. Ha and Minh Thu Vo, also an American citizen, attended the festival and watched their children perform in the Lion Dance by the Shaolin Kung Fu Academy. Many who visited the festival today arrived in the United States as immigrants and now call America their home.
The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian communities and cities in the United States and internationally through the month of February.
Above, some of the sights and sounds of today’s Lunar New Year festival in Houston.
0:10 — Miya Shay, Emcee and KTRK-TV Reporter
0:19 —Kenneth Li, Board Chairman of Chinese Cultural Center
0:40 —Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner
1:06 —State Representative Gene Wu, District 137
1:42 — Carol Lim
(Video Standup by Andy Chui, Chinese Community Center Festival)
1:58 — Shavania Bryant, Festival Visitor
2:23 –Siovan Ha and Minh Thu Vo, Festival Visitors