NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The smoke from thousands of firecrackers and incense sticks wafted through Manhattan’s Lower East Side as New Yorkers ring in the Year of the Snake.
“Snake is actually quite a valuable animal. Otherwise, you have rats running amok,” Wellington Chen of the Chinatown Partnership told WCBS 880’s Monica Miller.
Sunday’s celebration was part of the 14th annual New Year firecracker ceremony and cultural festival.
“We love the celebration of the Jewish New Year, the normal New Year. So I always say, in New York you live very long because you pass three new years every year,” Chen said.