2013-02-06 / Front Page

Key Luck Club Celebrates Chinese New Year

By Catherine Tsounis

        The yellow lion.
The yellow lion. Chinese New Year in 2013 is the “Year of the Snake”. Political leaders with officers of Key Luck Club.
Political leaders with officers of Key Luck Club. The most important Chinese holiday always begins at the start of the second new moon after the winter solstice. A dozen animals rotated over a 12 year cycle represent the lunar New Year. A person born under the sign of the snake is destined to be intelligent and ambitious. The Chinese New Year tradition is to reconcile, forget all grudges and sincerely wish peace and happiness for everyone.” Brotherhood and friendship were experienced by all on February 2nd, at the Key Luck Club celebration. The event was held at the CCNS Bayside Senior Center. The holiday, a celebration of the coming spring, was attended by Councilman Mark Weprin, Senator Toby Ann Stavisky, Senator Tony Avella, Assemblyman Edward C. Braunstein, Barry Grodenchik and other prominent persons.
         Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein (3rd from left standing) with participants.
Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein (3rd from left standing) with participants.    Over 200 members and guests attended and enjoyed an afternoon of live entertainments with the Lunar New Year Lion Dance, Lunar New Year Line Dancing and the Chinese Traditional New Year Songs in welcoming the arrival of the Year of the Snake. Senator Stavisky presented the CCNS Bayside Senior Center and the Key Luck Club with Certificates of Recognition for their services to the elderly in the Staff, officers and participants in the Key Luck Club program.
Staff, officers and participants in the Key Luck Club program. Queens.
            President Irene Cheung explained, “according to traditional Chinese belief, the lion signifies courage, stability and superiority. The lion’s dance is performed to chase away ghosts and evil spirits with loud noises. The dance is accompanied by the fire crackers' noise. We presented the Southern Chinese (Cantonese) Lion Dance.”
       More than 200 members and guests attended.More than 200 members and guests attended.     On February 9th, the Key Luck Club is hosting a Chinese Calligraphy Demonstration at 12:30 pm. Mr. Guan, a Chinese Calligrapher, will present Lunar New Year Scroll Writing. Every participant will receive a "Fortune Scroll" for the Spring Festival. For more information, please contact Irene Cheung at 646-752-1302 or email her at irenecheung3@yahoo.com. Key Luck Club @ Bayside Senior Center is located at 221-15 Horace Harding Expressway, Bayside, New York 11364. The opening hours are every Saturday from 11 am to 3 pm except holidays.


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