The Lunar New Year, most commonly associated with the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, typically falls sometime between January 21 and February 20 annually. Lunar New Year 2022 is on February 1, and this year it is the Year of the Tiger. In addition to being observed in China, it is celebrated throughout Asia, including South Korea and Singapore. In Vietnam, Lunar New Year is known as Tết. In the U.S., though, it is most commonly associated with what is often called Chinese New Year. Join us in a Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration for 2022!
3:30 PM EASTERN TIME
Join us online for the wonderful lion dance presented by Garden State Lions of the Murray Hill Chinese School, cultural snack tasting, Kung Fu Stick Fighting demonstrations, fashion show, musical performances and more! Registrants will be emailed the virtual link prior to the event.
Be part of the Lunar New Year celebration by participating with us! Join us in creating fun crafts and learn about the significance of the Year of the Tiger, create your own origami, and try out some cultural snacks along with our presenters and MC's of the night! After you register for the event, you will be instructed to pickup a gift bag with all the supplies and necessary items you'll need to participate throughout the night. But hurry - if you would like to be part of the action, gift bags are first come, first serve! Make sure to register for the event at the link above to claim your gift bag!
Be sure not to open the gift bag until instructed to do so during the virtual event! Participants will be given instructions on how to pick up their gift bags after registering for the event. Pickup locations include the Berkeley Heights YMCA and two other local areas pick up days are on Thursday, February 3 or Friday, February 4.
Check out the artwork done by students of the Han Academy! These art pieces were showcased on this year's gift bags that went to participants of the 2022 Virtual Lunar New Year Festival.
In celebration of the Lunar New Year and its tradition in 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. Donation drop-off bins are located at the Berkeley Heights YMCA & Summit YMCA.
• Travel size lotions
• Travel size hand
• Lip balms or chapstick
• Pocket size tissues
• Fuzzy socks
• Sanitizer wipes
• Foot scrubs
• Individually wrapped
specialty tea bags
• Decks of cards
• Sudoku puzzles
Download free Lunar New Year coloring pages and get creative with lunar new year craft ideas!
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 were chosen with health and easy access to ingredients in mind or may be popularly eaten during the New Year, featuring a variety of healthy proteins and vegetables to enjoy. Don't forget to leave room for dessert!