More than 300 people braved mind-numbing cold last Saturday, Feb. 4, for CALex’s Chinese New Year and 5th anniversary celebration. The date marked the eve of this year’s Lantern Festival, the traditional end of a 15-day celebration of the Chinese New Year.
Saturday’s festive event featured a potluck dinner, a raffle, and an abundance of performances, including a lion dance and a Chinese martial arts show. Among the children of all ages who showed off their talents, many are students attending Lexington schools.
Thirty-five award certificates were also presented at the event, from the President’s Volunteer Service Award to the CALex Community Award and the CALex Community Special Award.
Representatives of town government, School District, and community organizations, as well as state senators representing Lexington, were among the guests at the party.
Representatives from several community organizations, including the Association of Black Citizens of Lexington (ABCL), Indian Americans of Lexington (IAL), and Lexington Historical Society, joined the festivities as well.