MILLBURN, N.J. — The deep, resounding rhythm of Chinese drums echoed down the hallways of Millburn High School as Millburn's annual Chinese New Year Celebration kicked off on Sunday. The event, co-sponsored by the Millburn Short Hills Chinese Association (MSCHA) and the Millburn Institute of Talent (MIOT) included games, raffles, performances, food and new this year, a fireworks display to cap off the event. 

Members of the Millburn community feasted on traditional Chinese dishes before dancing down the hall with the pair of red and gold lions to the cafeteria. The tables and chairs were transformed into a festive scene of a wintry Chinese home where professional photographers were on hand to capture memories. 

Over 100 performers, ranging from four to 70 years old, took to the stage to perform an array of traditional Chinese ethnic dances and musical renditions. The afternoon also included modern dance and hip-hop numbers, martial arts, several comedic sketches, and even a surprise cha-cha dance with MIOT Principal Jack Ouyang and song led by Millburn Board of Education Member (and MSHCA President) Louie Shen.

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The night's performances ended with a song from all the performers, volunteers, and members of the organizing committee, who extended their thanks and best wishes to everyone in attendance and to the broader community. 

Distinguished guests included Mayor Cheryl Burstein, Deputy Mayor Jodi Rosenberg, Superintendent Dr. Christine Burton, Board of Education President Berylin Bosselman and Vice President Kate Foss, and Millburn High School principal Dr. William Miron.

Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year, takes place this year on Friday, February 16. It is a time to share in a new year's good health and fortune with family and friends. Communities around the world come together to enjoy delicious meals and exciting performances, spread wishes of luck and prosperity, and welcome the new year. A different Chinese zodiac animal represents each new year. 2018 is the year of the dog which was prominently displayed on the performance stage backdrop.

The Millburn Short Hills Chinese Association was established in 2005 to help serve the growing Chinese community and share their traditions, cultures, and festivities with Millburn Township. The Millburn Institute of Talent was established in 2016 to teach Chinese language and promote Chinese culture and cross-cultural exchanges with local communities.

新年快乐! 身体健康! 瑞犬迎春! 万事如意!