Background

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Background

The Lunar New Year, the most important holiday for Asians around the world, has always meant great joy and happiness – the closing of the old year and the welcoming of a prosperous new beginning. Following that tradition, AABDC has been organizing an annual event of festivities to celebrate the Lunar New Year with all New Yorkers.

From 1998 to 2005, an annual lighting ceremony and private reception were held on the evening before the Lunar New Year on top of the 86th floor of the Empire State Building where various government officials were invited to present proclamations in recognition of the Lunar New Year. That night, the 1327 bulbs on the top of the Empire State Building were illuminated in gold and crimson which are the auspicious colors of Asian traditional festivities and with the lighting we ushered in the arrival of the Lunar New Year.

Since 2007, AABDC has held the annual Lunar New Year gala at the historic Federal Hall National Memorial on Wall Street, the executive suite at Macy’s Headquarters and the Magic Room at the LVMH Tower in midtown