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Families gather to eat food, celebrate Chinese New Year

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 2, 2014 at 12:02 a.m.
Updated Feb. 1, 2014 at 8:02 p.m.

Jolee Jin, 4, takes a big bite of noodles as she takes part in a feast to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday at Northside Baptist Church. Jolee's father, Jason, said that he is grateful for the annual celebration because it allows him to keep the tradition of his country alive in the United States. "Most importantly, our kids will know the Chinese culture," he said. The New Year's Eve feast is held at the church every year for members of the Victoria Chinese community by the Victoria Chinese Christian Fellowship. More than 80 people celebrated the start of the year of the horse, which was Friday, with a potluck feast of mostly traditional homemade food.

Crossroads residents gathered Saturday to celebrate Chinese New Year at Northside Baptist Church.

Stephanie Lu, who has lived in Victoria for about 14 years, said that the tradition of a New Year's celebration is very important.

"In Victoria most of us have immigrated and don't have family near-by," she said, "So we make it so everyone can come together and share what we have. We're making a big family."

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