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Mayor Gray and OAPIA Celebrate Lunar New Year and Highlight Support for District AAPI Senior Residents

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

CONTACT: Andrew Chang (EOM) 202.727.5560; [email protected]

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) welcomed the Lunar New Year at the Wah Luck House in Chinatown on Tuesday, February 11, 2014. At the event, the Mayor engaged Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) seniors, highlighted continued efforts of District programs and services to support aging residents, and offered Lunar New Year greetings. Over 150 District senior residents, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and other AAPI residents, community leaders, and District government officials celebrated the Lunar New Year with Mayor Gray. Language interpretation was provided in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Vietnamese.

“I am delighted to celebrate the Lunar New Year as we continue to improve the quality of life for our senior residents,” said Mayor Gray. “The District is becoming an age-friendly city with the goal of providing all senior residents access to nutritious meals, physical and recreational activities, and tools to be financially prepared for their retirement and long-term care needs.”

Soohyun “Julie” Koo, Director of OAPIA, and community leaders also offered Lunar New Year greetings to the audience. A lion dance performance was held in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Tea and light refreshments were served to attendees.

Lunar New Year often involves the celebration of one of the twelve zodiac animals, and is a time for family reunion. This year is the 4712th Lunar New Year, the Year of the Horse.