Source: The Sun Herald
On January 16, 2004 The Sun Herald reported, "The Year 4701 is the Year of the Monkey, and for millions of Asians around the world, it will begin on Thursday. Koreans, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese and other Asians living in South Mississippi will celebrate privately and with special services at Vietnamese Christian churches and the Buddhist temple on Biloxi's Point Cadet. Throughout the day, dragon dancers will visit homes, businesses and places of worship, an ancient tradition they hope will bring health and prosperity. For anywhere from three days to two weeks, celebrators will mark New Year 4701 with prayers, good thoughts, food, music, gifts and family unity." The article highlights events in South Mississippi that will celebrate the New Year.