Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Happy 4707th – The Year of the Ox

I had the distinct pleasure of participating, along with my wife, Richelle, and our 3 children, in the 110th Annual Golden Dragon Chinese New Year Parade and Festival on Saturday. Sponsored by the Chinese Chamber of Los Angeles, the Chinese community is celebrating the Year 4707 and the Year of the Ox. The fact that this is the 110th year they’ve held this celebration, tells you that Chinese Americans contribution and influence in our great City have been considerable and lengthy. My children, including 11-month old Simon, dressed in traditional Chinese attire. As a Mexican immigrant myself, I’m always appreciative and honored to be asked to participate in events that celebrate our cultural roots and their importance to our city. This is one of my favorite events and I look forward to it each and every year. The Chinese New Year tradition of remembering ancestors and counting our blessings are lessons that speak to all cultures. Happy New Year!