This past weekend, on February 14, 2010, many people celebrated Valentine’s Day. The holiday celebrates love and romanticism. However, not everyone was solely dedicated to this holiday. Others—and to be exact great sizable portion of the population around the globe—have also celebrated the coming of the Lunar New Year. The multicultural holiday represents the coming New Year in several calendars. It is celebrated in many countries including: China, Vietnam, Mongolia, Korea, and Tibet, as well as countries where there are large ethnic communities in which the holiday bears its origin. It is on this occasion that the 2010 Census Road Tour regional vehicle named Founders visited the Eden Center located in Falls Church, Virginia during the local Lunar New Year community celebration.
The 100-day interactive 2010 Census Road Tour officially began on January 4, 2010 in New York City’s Times square. The first enumeration began on January 26, 2010 at a remote Alaskan Village north of the Arctic Circle. There are 13 census vehicles (12 regional vehicles and one national bus) traveling sacross the United States and Puerto Rico as part of the bicentennial population count in America. Over the course of four months, the Road Tour will be part of the largest civic outreach initiative encouraging everyone’s participation, in the upcoming census, while highlighting the diversity of the American population. Below is a collage of pictures from the Lunar New Year event in Virginia.
If you would like to know when the road tour is coming to a neighborhood near you, check out the 2010 Census Road Tour website: http://2010.census.gov/2010census/roadtour.