A Southeast Asian community organization ushers in the Lunar New Year and a new chapter in its history.
Mekong NYC marked the Tet holiday with an open house with food and friends at its new Bronx location in University Heights, ahead of a formal celebration scheduled Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bronx Museum of the Arts.
"When you come here, it feels like home. I mean, you have home cooking here. You have elders who welcome you in with open arms and treat you as if are their own child and having that sense of home in the middle of a very busy city and working jobs that can be very intense, it's just nice to know that you can go through a set of doors, feel entirely welcome somewhere and feel like you are really part of something bigger than yourself,” said Danica You-Hamilton.
The open house featured a traditional wishing tree, which people of Asian descent typically decorate with envelopes containing their wishes for the New Year.
As you can see in the above video, one man wrote, "I wish for our communities, families and ourselves to find peace this year."
That’s certainly something worthwhile to hope for.