Verizon Kicks Off New York Chinese Lunar New Year Festivities with Launch of Golden Rabbit Games Online

The Year of the Rabbit is almost here, and in the spirit of Lunar New Year Verizon is celebrating with the Chinese community by hosting the Golden Rabbit Games online.

The contest complements the Verizon booths at this year's Chinatown festivities - the New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony in Sara Roosevelt Park (Houston and Forsyth Streets) on Feb. 3 and the Lunar New Year Parade & Cultural Festival on Feb. 6.  Participants can visit www.verizon.com/nychinese  to play the Golden Rabbit Games and earn points toward three great prizes and other free gifts redeemable at the festival booths.

The games are simple, engaging and playable by all ages. "Click and Pop" is a speed- clicking game, and "Flip and Match" is a memory game. Players can play one or both games as many times as they like, to earn points.  Point-earning potential is unlimited as only a player's highest score will be recorded.

The players with the top three scores at the end of the event will receive one of the following: grand prize - a Samsung Galaxy Tab; second prize - a Motorola Droid X smartphone; third prize - a Motorola Droid Pro smartphone. (Wireless service is not included with any of the prizes.) Get details about the competition and prizes at www.verizon.com/nychinese.

Also included on the website are a series of Lunar New Year-themed e-cards, exclusively designed by Verizon for the Year of the Rabbit. These free greeting cards are available to share New Year wishes with friends and family members.

Those visiting this year's Lunar New Year festivities at Sara Roosevelt Park are invited to stop at the Verizon booths for entertaining activities like the Wheel of Fortune game and a Lunar New Year photo booth.  Photos taken at the festivities can be downloaded at www.verizon.com/nychinese  beginning Feb. 9.

For more than a decade, Verizon has provided in-language customer service support in Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), Korean and Vietnamese. Verizon also features in-language websites in Chinese and Korean that provide information on TV, Internet and phone services the company offers.  For more information in Chinese on Verizon's products and services, call 1-877-575-7015 or visit www.verizon.com/nychinese.

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