PASSi hosted a Lunar New Year Lunch Celebration on February 25th and Korean First Full Moon Festival on February 21st at our beautiful new building in Philadelphia. Although these two events had been previously postponed due to inclement weather, PASSi had an overwhelming number of seniors join the celebrations. Approximately 400 hundred guests attended the events and toured our new facility.
PASSi’s Lunar New Year events were based on Chinese culture, the Yuanxiao Festival, which is held on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month. The Korean First Full Moon Festival, similar to the Yuanxiao Festival, is held on the same day in Korean culture. In East Asian culture, people begin preparing for the Lunar New Year about 20 days before for these New Year celebrations that last over a month long and are ended by the Yuanxiao Festival. PASSi’s two events provided local, nostalgic Asian immigrant seniors the opportunity to join and celebrate a traditional holiday with other seniors who share the same cultures and languages to join in celebration of these traditional holidays.
During the celebrations, the guests enjoyed ethnic meals, karaoke, and cultural performances. The Philadelphia Corporation for Aging and SEPTA were in attendance to provide information to this typically isolated population on how to receive services and how seniors can use public transit. Im Ja Choi, the Founder & Executive Director of PASSi, introduced PASSi’s new adult day care center, the Penn Asian Jubilee Center. The new director of the center, Cammie Citro, was also introduced to the friends of PASSi. The Penn Asian Jubilee Center provides programs for frail adults with engaging activities, socialization, compassionate supervision, and assistance with everyday tasks. Attendance at Jubilee will help the participants improve their physical and emotional well-being and their overall quality of life.
PASSi’s Lunar New Year events attracted news media attention. Five Korean newspaper press and three Chinese newspaper press attended the celebrations and interviewed Ms. Choi about PASSi’s history and the upcoming adult day care center. With the overwhelming welcome from the public, PASSi will continue to grow and strive to serve more seniors as well as the surrounding communities.