BOSTON, MA – FEBRUARY 8: Tea Master Xingcai Zhang delivers tea to Governor Charlie Baker during the tea ceremony kicking off the 50th anniversary of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center February 8, 2019 in BOSTON, Massachusetts. Zhang is from the Chinese province of Fujian , where the tea dumped into Boston Harbor during the Boston Tea Party, originated. (Staff Photo By Chris Christo/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

By BOSTON HERALD | |PUBLISHED: February 9, 2019 at 12:31 am | UPDATED: February 9, 2019 at 7:13 am

An annual tea celebration was held at the Pao Arts Center in Boston on Friday to mark the 50-year anniversary of the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center.

The agency, dedicated to Asian and new immigrant families, serves more than 8,000 people per year in several cities and towns across Massachusetts.

To mark their growth in the past five decades, the agency celebrated with elected officials, including Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh, who partook in the annual tea ceremony.

The tea served included a blend similar to what was thrown in the Boston Harbor 245 years ago to protest taxation by the British government.