Join us for a spectacular celebration of culture and community at the 4th annual Lunar New Year Festival at the Berkeley Heights YMCA!
On Sunday, February 5th, 2023, immerse yourself in the rich traditions of the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, as we officially kick off the celebrations on January 22nd and culminate with the Lantern Festival on February 5th.
Experience the vibrant customs of not just China, but also other Asian countries like South Korea, Singapore, and Vietnam. Come and celebrate the new year with your loved ones and enjoy fun activities like the lion dance, Kung Fu Stick Fighting demonstrations, fashion shows, musical performances, arts and crafts, cultural snack tastings, food vendors, and more!
Date: Sunday, February 5, 2023
Time: 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Berkeley Heights YMCA
REGISTRATION IS FULL (02/02/23)
"To outsiders, the Rabbit’s kindness may make them seem soft and weak. In truth, the Rabbit’s quiet personality hides their confidence and strength. They are steadily moving towards their goal, no matter what negativity the others give them."
Learn more about the Chinese Zodiac at chinesenewyear.net.
In celebration of the Lunar New Year and its tradition of honoring our elders and ancestors, the Summit Area YMCA is partnering with the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council, Han Academy, and Giving Back to make 150 care packages for Seniors in Berkeley Heights, New Providence, and Summit.
• Travel size lotions
• Travel-size hand sanitizers
• Lip balms or chapstick
• Pocket-size tissues
• Fuzzy socks
• Sanitizer wipes
• Foot scrubs
• Individually wrapped specialty tea bags
• Decks of cards
• Sudoku puzzles
Date: Collecting Until Jan 27, 2023
Drop Locations: Berkeley Heights YMCA | Summit YMCA | HAN Academy
How: Drop-off collection boxes will be located in the lobbies at both branches and donations are open to the public.
Lunar New Year Coloring Pages
Lunar New Year Arts & Crafts Articles
If you'd like to celebrate at home this year and need some ideas for authentic Chinese dishes, try cooking up this menu of 8 dishes (8 is a lucky number in Chinese, because it sounds similar to the word that means wealth and success!) to welcome the New Year! Each of these dishes was chosen with the health and easy access to ingredients in mind or maybe popularly eaten during the New Year, featuring a variety of healthy proteins and vegetables to enjoy. Don't forget to leave room for dessert!
Mission Advancement and Development Director
SUMMIT AREA YMCA
In 1886, we were founded as the Young Men's Christian Association, but today, we are The Y. An association that values, and is made stronger by, its diverse people. We stand for youth development, healthy living and social responsibility — For a better us. We are committed to creating equal opportunity for all regardless of gender, age, disability, income, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religious affiliation. We strive to create a welcoming and inclusive culture in which our four core values — responsibility, honesty, caring and respect — are integral to everyday operations.
Each year, as one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations, the Summit Area YMCA serves more than 15,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the New Jersey communities of Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield, Stirling and Summit. Our history is rooted in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those in need.