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 2021 is on February 12, and this year it is the Year of the Ox. 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, and in Tibet it's Losar. 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 2021! More details below.
2:00PM EASTERN TIME
National YMCA Asian Pacific Islander Leadership Network (APILN) is hosting our FIRST Virtual Lunar New Year Festival. Get ready to ring in the 2021 Lunar New Year and enjoy a variety of discussions, demonstrations, and performances by local YMCA leaders and community members.
10:30AM EASTERN TIME
New Year games for children, Cultural introduction, Dance party and more!
4:30PM EASTERN TIME | VIRTUAL LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION
Join us online for the wonderful lion dance presented by Garden State Lion, story time, demonstrations, performances and more!
Learn how to make an Origami Ox Envelope - Presented by Adelene Chan from Union County Magnet High School
In celebration of the Lunar New Year and its tradition in honoring our elders and ancestors, we will be collecting supplies to make 150 care packages for Seniors in Berkeley Heights, New Providence and Summit. Sage Eldercare Meals on Wheels will help deliver the Care Packages. Donation items may be dropped off at the Berkeley Heights YMCA and the Summit YMCA.
Download free Lunar New Year coloring pages and get creative with lunar new year craft ideas! Take a photo of your artwork and email it to us to be featured in our online Lunar New Year art gallery!
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!