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Chinese New Year Celebration

This Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is the year of the pig, and was a festive celebration for the Chinese congregation in Bethpage, New York.

The festivities started after the February 17 divine service with a traditional lion dance, which implies that everything will be in harmony, and other types of presentations that showed the balance between the east and west.

This was followed with more singing and dancing by various groups, a Chinese zither solo, and a Chinese poetry recitation done by a group of friends who have been learning Chinese for just two and half years.

The congregation was then invited to join in song together, reaching the peak of this celebration by singing the traditional Chinese New Year song, “GongXi GongXi” (Chinese for “congratulations”).

After all of the music, the congregation moved to the fellowship hall for a luncheon and engaging activities. Everyone shared traditional cultural dishes including Chinese dim sum and specialty deserts. The activities included Chinese calligraphy spring couplets, a paper art show, and others.

The festivities finally concluded with everyone full in body, mind, soul, and spirit.

Many brothers and sisters put great effort into preparing this event to make it engaging, fun, memorable, and fruitful. These celebrations speak to the truth of what Chief Apostle Schneider said in his church strategy interview: “The New Apostolic faith can be practiced within the most diverse of cultures.”

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