The Empire State glowed red and gold Friday after officials gathered to flip the famous light-switch to kick off the Year of the Monkey.
The Chinese New Year falls this Monday, February 8.
This is the first year 1.1 million students in the city will have the day off to celebrate after the Chinese Lunar New Year was designated a public holiday in 2015.
“I think that by giving recognition to this, it actually shows that we are giving respect to the culture diversity of this country, and also, giving the recognition to the great contributions the Chinese-American community and the people have contributed to this society,” said Consul General Ambassador Zhang Qiyue.
Festivities will continue Saturday at 8:30 pm with a fireworks display over the Hudson River.
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