Join the Y and the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council to ring in the Lunar New Year with festive cultural activities, performances, arts and crafts, food and more!
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – The Summit Area YMCA (SAY), in collaboration with the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council, is thrilled to be hosting the second Lunar New Year Festival (LNYF) at its Berkeley Heights YMCA branch on February 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The event is free, open to the public and includes performances and activities that focus on various aspects of Asian culture and how the Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world. Online registration for the event is open.
The Summit Area YMCA continues to be committed to creating a culture in which diversity and inclusion are integral in our community with events and programs such as the Lunar New Year Festival.
The Lunar New Year is a holiday based on the lunar-solar calendar, and while many Asian and South East Asian countries share influences from Chinese culture, they also have many traditions and customs unique to each country, along with different names for the holiday such as Seollal in Korea or Songkran in Thailand.
At the festival, enjoy the richness of Asian customs and culture through a selection of exciting performances and activities. Join us for an exciting Lunar New Year Lion Dance, Chinese Wushu martial arts performance, a Children’s ribbon dance by Spring Academy Montessori, a Jiu Jitsu demonstration by Premier Fitness, a Korean Kimbap Food Demonstration and more.
Visit our Night Market themed food room for delicious Thai food sold by Proud Thai Cookery, yummy Asian themed baked goods, take part in a special beginner Tai Chi class to get an introduction to Yang style Tai Chi, or get your face painted and transform into your Zodiac animal! Children can express their creativity by making their Korean New Year masks and more. Enjoy an evening of excitement, cultural sharing, and fun!
PERFORMANCES & ACTIVITIES**:
LION DANCE - Wushu Kungfu Fitness Center of East Hanover
WUSHU MARTIAL ARTS - Wushu Kungfu Fitness Center of East Hanover
MUSIC & DANCE - Spring Academy Montessori
CHILDREN'S ARTS & CRAFTS
TAI CHI CLASS – 5:00 p.m. in MindBody Room
JIU JITSU DEMONSTRATION – Premier Fitness of Berkeley Heights
KOREAN KIMBAP FOOD DEMONSTRATION* – Learn how to make Kimbap!
LUNAR NEW YEAR STORYTIME
FOOD – Enjoy delicious Thai cuisine sold by Proud Thai Cookery and a Lunar New Year themed bake sale!
CHINESE ZODIAC FACE PAINTING - provided by Spring Academy Montessori
*Food demonstration only, no food will be served from the demonstration.
**All performances and activities subject to change without notice.
For more information about the Lunar New Year Festival, visit: www.thesay.org/lnyf
Register online for free expedited entry into the festival! Don’t miss out on your favorite performances or fun activities by getting stuck in line trying to get in!
Online registration begins January 9 and ends January 29: https://www.thesay.org/lnyf/registration
In addition to celebrating annual festivals like the Holi Color Festival, Diwali Festival and Lunar New Year Festival, the Summit Area YMCA strives to provide welcoming and inclusive programming and services to the community through a number of existing and developing programs. Some include bilingual group exercise class offerings, special needs enrichment and swim programs, engaging in international YMCA partnerships, providing multilingual, multicultural staff to serve our diverse community, celebrating Welcoming Week Across America and much more.
The Summit Area YMCA is proud to be the first Global Center of Excellence within the State of New Jersey, now known as the Diversity Inclusion and Global Network or DIG Innovation Network committed to creating a culture in which diversity and inclusion are integral to everyday operations. Through welcoming, inclusive practices and environments, our Y and its three branches will welcome and engage all people from all diverse groups of the community to help and impact lasting, meaningful change. To learn more about our programs on diversity visit: https://www.thesay.org/About-Us/Diversity-Inclusion-and-Global-Innovation