Suffolk County will celebrate Chinese New Year on Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 6-8 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook (3131 Nesconset Hwy., Stony Brook, N.Y.) "The Year of the Snake" will be commemorated with traditional dance and music. Stony Brook has one of the largest Asian-American populations on Long Island. Internationally acclaimed singer Lingyan Zhou will be performing at the celebration.
2013, the year of the Black Snake begins on February 12th shortly after the New Moon in Aquarius, the humanitarian of the zodiac. This 2013 year of Snake is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. Focus and discipline will be necessary for you to achieve what you set out to create. The Snake is the sixth sign of the Chinese Zodiac, which consists of 12 Animal Signs. It is the enigmatic, intuitive, introspective, refined and collected of the Animals Signs. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a Snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve. The event is being co-sponsored by the Chinese Radio Network of West Babylon and the Holiday Inn Express of Stony Brook. Admission is free. Authentic, traditional Chinese food and drink will be served. The Asian American Advisory Board was created in December 2005. Under the Suffolk County Executive and Office of Minority Affairs, the Board's function is to improve cultural understanding between ethnic communities, the County government, and our community as a whole. The Board also functions to promote minority-business development, access to services, and encourage civic participation at all levels by all members of the community.The US Census Bureau lists over twenty-five Asian and Pacific Islander groups. Some of the largest groups are: Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipinos, Indian, Pakistani, Korean, Japanese, Cambodian, Laotian, Indonesian, Thai, Burmese, Malaysian, Taiwanese, Sri Lanka, Bangladeshi, and a variety of Pacific Islanders from the Hawaiian Islands.