NEW YORK._ Nostalgia, joy and emotion struck hundreds of Dominicans Saturday afternoon as they enjoyed the first Christmas bonanza 2022 organized by the Dominican Abroad Institute (Index NY) directed by architect Jhon Sanchez on the streets of Upper Manhattan.
New York._ John Sanchez, director of INDEX NY, offers a hot drink to one of the participants in the Christmas Bonus in Upper Manhattan on Saturday. (Photos Miguel Cruz Tejada).
Easter celebration was held between 2:00 and at 6:00 p.m. at the crowded intersection of St. Nicholas Avenue and 181st Street, the busiest area in the middle of Upper Manhattan with infections spreading across several blocks.
The INDEX NY team delivered traditional hot drinks for the New Year season, while music blaring from a mobile speaker on the unit’s plateau blared Christmas music with merengue, bachata and salsa to mark the festivities.
Displaying classic red and white Christmas hats given to participants by INDEX NY, dozens of passers-by joined in on the Christmas bonanza, all dancing and singing to the beat.
Nostalgia, joy and emotion invaded Dominicans of all ages, while a musical group that performed live and directed by folklorist Ricardo Ureña, serenaded them with traditional Christmas themes such as “Cascabel”, “Navidad Joe Returns”, The Rhythm of the White Moved in Rose ”and many others.
The icy temperatures that continue to affect the city were not a hindrance to the enjoyment that is characteristic of the Dominican Republic shaking up the area.
Sanchez, along with other INDEX NY officials, personally distributed beverage glasses, ginger tea and chocolate, and distributed literature related to the institution.
The director of the unit said that the bonus creates an atmosphere of great joy and celebration, which was the main objective of the celebration.
“The idea is that people are inspired, feel happy, that they feel they have a little piece of Quisqueya in New York with this bonus music that brings back memories of their homeland and that they’re in the Dominican Republic.” Let’s not forget, Sanchez added.
The idea is that they feel happy while they yearn and yearn to return to their home country to enjoy the traditions and customs and culture of our Dominican Republic”, explained the director of Index NY.
Some rubbed their teary eyes, others linked their cell phones with their relatives in the Dominican Republic to show them the development of the bonus, and many broadcast live on their social networks.
He announced plans for Christmas bonuses in each of the city’s counties in addition to Christmas bonuses on Saturday in Upper Manhattan.
“This is one in Manhattan and in the next few days we will have them in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. This is the first Christmas and we will continue to bring joy to the Dominican people living here in New York,” said Sanchez.
He was on the INDEX NY team, along with director, Shadie Tineo, Juan Sarmientos, Antonio Corporan and Aris Guevara, director of community affairs and one of the main organizers of the event, who organized the Christmas bonanza to bring joy to Dominicans in Upper Manhattan.
Sanchez described the Christmas bonus as a great success, adding that it was also about keeping the Dominican Republic’s Christmas traditions alive.
Activist Miguel Estrella, former president of the Instituto Duartiano USA, who participated in the Christmas bonanza, described the phenomenon as very contagious, adding that this type of activity is necessary to preserve traditions in the diaspora and should rarely be used. is done.
He congratulated Sanchez and INDEX NY on the initiative, suggesting that the Christmas bonus be maintained every year.