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Cynthia Bacon- (718) 670-2515
Flushing, New York, February 3, 2011-- New York Hospital Queens celebrated the start of the “Year of the Rabbit,” on this the first day of the Lunar New Year, early this morning with the birth of a healthy boy born at 3:08 a.m. to a family from Ozone Park, N.Y. Among the first gifts the family and baby received were a $1,000 savings bond, flowers and a gift basket from the hospital.
Throughout the month, the hospital will host activities traditionally celebrated during this festive time such as dragon dancing, singing performances, gifts for patients and an Asian-style lunch to pay homage to Asian culture. New York Hospital Queens is also participating in the 15th Annual Lunar New Year parade in downtown Flushing on February 12.
The Lunar New Year celebration is one of the most important holidays celebrated in many Asian cultures. The actual date of the Lunar New Year is determined by the moon's cycle. It starts at midnight on the night of the second new moon after the winter solstice. The animal designation of the year is based on the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac. Each animal sign holds special symbolism. The rabbit is a symbol of creativity, compassion and charisma.
New York Hospital Queens is a member of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System and is affiliated with Weill Medical College of Cornell University.
Note to editors: The family of our first 2011 Lunar New Year baby wish to remain anonymous.