MILLBURN, NJ - Saturday, January 28, marked the first day of a new year in the Lunar Calendar, and the beginning of Chinese New Year festivities around the world.

On Saturday afternoon and evening, the Millburn Short Hills Chinese Association (MSHCA), together with Millburn Institute of Talent (MIOT) hosted the 2017 Chinese New Year Celebration. Members of the community, along with distinguished guests including Mayor Cheryl Burstein, Deputy Mayor Jodi Rosenberg, Millburn High School principal Dr. William Miron, and Board of Education President Emily Jaffe, Vice President Jesse Liu, Richard Gray, and Philip Choong came together at Millburn Middle School for a night of good food, fun, and entertainment. Guests enjoyed traditional foods like tea eggs and steamed buns as children played games and received red envelopes (hong bao in Mandarin as family and friends joined together to ring in a new year.

Chinese New Year is a time to honor one’s family and friends and to welcome a new year of prosperity, good health and good fortune. Each year is symbolized by a different animal on the Chinese zodiac calendar; 2017 is the Year of the Rooster.

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Against a festive red and gold backdrop adorned with a golden rooster a diverse program delighted the full audience. A team of six young emcees took the guests on a journey through time and space to partake in the lively customs of this holiday. Performers young and old from the community put on a spectacular show that included traditional and contemporary dance, instrumental and vocal performance, martial arts, and comedy, etc..

The event also came with warm new year wishes from members of the organizing committee, who spent months preparing and planning for the event. The MSHCA and MIOT boards extended their thanks to all those in attendance for joining them to make this year’s celebration a joyous and memorable one. Though we may come from different backgrounds, we are one community, one family, and that is honored at the heart of every Chinese New Year. As we all move forward into the Year of the Rooster, let us celebrate the diversity that brings us such festivities, share in each other’s customs, and look ahead to a new year of good health, good fortune, and good times.

Happy Chinese New Year to all!

新年快乐! 身体健康! 鸡年大吉! 万事如意!

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 the Millburn Township. The Millburn Institute of Talent is a newly opened weekend Chinese school with a mission to help local residents to learn Chinese language and culture.