SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Chapter of the American Chinese United Association (ACUA-MA) hosted the celebration of the Lunar New Year of 2023, the Year of the Rabbit, at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame with more than 400 in attendance.

State Rep. Angelo J. Puppolo, Jr., D-Springfield, along with other city, state and community dignitaries presented the host organization with citations and a proclamation from the city.

The gala featured Chinese cuisine, traditional costumed performances of dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, music opera face changing and business exhibitions were included.

The ACUA –MA mission is to preserve the cultural heritage and promote the Asian-American involvement in all parts of life across the commonwealth.

Many consider this holiday of the year the most important and festive day celebrated by the Asian communities around the world.