BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - One of the largest crowds to attend a Cultural Events Committee event filled the library on Saturday to celebrate Chinese New Year. The celebration was a joint effort of the cultural committee and Chinese committee, with special thanks to Hong Yan, who coordinated the event.
The actual arrival of the Year of the Rooster was on Saturday, Jan. 28, but as is traditional, celebrations continue for two weeks.
On Saturday, three performances opened the event. The first was a song played on the Erhu, a two-string Chinese violin. The second was called "Forever Red," a red-Ribbon dance and the third was a showcase of martial arts by The NJ wushu team directed by Qi Wu.
Council President Marc Faecher, Council Vice President Jeanne Kingsley and Councilman Manny Couto attended the event.
There were demonstrations on how to make dumplings and various foods to sample. In the children's section, children learned the art of origami and paper cutting. Adults and children learned Chinese Chess, Go, and Mahjong. Whatever they chose to do, everyone seemed to be having fun!