Happy Lunar New Year | Office for People With Developmental Disabilities

Dear friends and colleagues,

Tomorrow, Lunar New Year, marks the beginning of the Year of the Wood Dragon. This holiday, honored by many cultures, means the renewal of hopes, dreams, and the beginning of a new lunar cycle. Lunar New Year is a time to celebrate the arrival of spring and the beginning of a new year. It is a time when families and communities come together to honor their traditions and heritage, fostering a sense of unity and shared cultural wealth.

Last year, Governor Kathy Hochul signed Landmark legislation making the Lunar New Year an official school holiday in New York., underscoring their commitment to supporting New York’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. We encourage everyone to join our colleagues and partners who identify with Chinese, Tibetan, Korean, Singaporean, Thai, Malay and Vietnamese heritage to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Best wishes for a happy Lunar New Year to our entire OPWDD community. As we all look forward to the possibility of a new beginning, I wish you prosperity and good fortune and a new year filled with togetherness and warmth as you celebrate with friends and family.

Kerri E. Neifeld

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