Arts & Entertainment

Millburn Township Celebrates The Year Of The Monkey

cded6ab78681b8762007_DSC_0205.jpg
Credits: Jonathan Sym
184f9a6f92b729ab942a_DSC_0016.jpg
Credits: Jonathan Sym
b532e86f6a72e42433b9_DSC_0001.jpg
Charles He of Short Hills and Hong Xia Wang of Millburn Credits: Jonathan Sym
36638f6448309f47895a_IMG_3573.jpg
Lunar New Year supper Credits: Jonathan Sym
8cfd90723f520918545b_DSC_0049.jpg
Credits: Jonathan Sym
3b03a3d8fa0ba3a008b2_DSC_0065.jpg
Xiaoli Wang and Louie Shen, both from Short Hills emceeing the performance. Credits: Jonathan Sym
77e93ecf1fafa7e3d168_DSC_0053.jpg
Vivian Ouyang, Co-Emcee Credits: Jonathan Sym
5f877b0084d1eb5b38dc_DSC_0256.jpg
Xiaoli Wang and Shijian Li, Co-Emcees Credits: Jonathan Sym
f227af4bc58e7445b6eb_DSC_0160.jpg
Roy You, President of the Millburn/Short Hills Chinese Association Credits: Jonathan Sym
cffb40f4bf04952069b9_DSC_0015.jpg
Xiao Hui Wang, Producer of the Lunar New Year performance. Credits: Jonathan Sym
8789b5b0ab42e3e155df_DSC_0098.jpg
f34eb883d6afcdacc76c_DSC_0132.jpg
dc5033e73d7876f7658c_DSC_0024.jpg
Lan Wang and Chunyan Li. Credits: Jonathan Sym
bd59a967ea92b0910bdc_DSC_0235.jpg
4a30fa79d00b47083fdc_DSC_0069.jpg
Jesse Liu, Millburn Township Board of Education Member. Credits: Jonathan Sym
b65bb8ac348facd71162_DSC_0081.jpg
4c26bc1dcac384d71c4d_DSC_0116.jpg
9a339710e4da3b1528b9_DSC_0122.jpg
bedfd5ca0ad6e57fde39_DSC_0291.jpg
91d29ba77d6c60ca1fb8_DSC_0165.jpg
Roy You (with mic) thanking some of the volunteers. Credits: Jonathan Sym
c41c18828865fd3b4c0d_DSC_0193.jpg
4629a7ee80e9d0a8b312_DSC_0269.jpg
1ca1cc416d98bcd2e88b_DSC_0039.jpg
Xiaoli Wang, Association board member, emcee and Performance Chairwoman. Credits: Jonathan Sym
6aad1120838489407f01_DSC_0012.jpg
Simon Westfall-Kwong, Co-President of the Deerfield PTO and a corporate sponsor of the event. Credits: Jonathan Sym
cded6ab78681b8762007_DSC_0205.jpg

MILLBURN, NJ – Some of the largest cities in the world began Chinese New Year celebrations on Saturday.  As the world eagerly awaits the beginning of the Lunar New Year on Monday, an estimated 1.4 billion people will go to parties and festivities throughout the weekend as we soon enter the 4,713th year in the Chinese calendar. 

Sydney, San Francisco, Vancouver and our very own New York City plays host to parades, fireworks and special showings of Chinese art at some of the world’s most renowned museums.  London, boasting the largest Chinese New Year party outside of Asia, will have activities in three of the main sections of the city.  

Joining the worldwide celebration, The Millburn/Short Hills Chinese Association hosted their 8th annual Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday night.  The evening’s events included a traditional New Year’s supper and a variety show performance that included 80 township kids and parents.  450 people came out to Millburn Middle School to attend the event.

Sign Up for E-News

“When we first announced the date of our celebration, we received 200 responses in the first 15 minutes. “ Said Roy You, President of the Millburn/Short Hills Chinese Association during an interview with TAP Millburn/Short Hills.  “We had to change our venue to a larger space to accommodate everyone, and we still have people on a waiting list.”

The association began in 2005 by a township resident who desired to assist newcomers acclimate to the neighborhood and to promote Chinese culture in Millburn/Short Hills.  From its humble beginnings 11 years ago, it has grown to over 300 members. 

The actual date of the New Year, also referred to as the Spring Festival, changes year by year.  Traditionally it’s celebrated with a gathering of friends and family, food, music, entertainment and well wishes to one another for fortune and good health.  Tradition also dictates that kids receive an envelope with money inside for good luck.  At the Association’s celebration, every kid received an ornate envelope filled with cash.  Lucky kids!

The celebration supper was composed of the traditional New Year’s fare.   Pork dumplings accompanied by steamed fish and Chinese vegetables, layered over a bed of white rice. 

The middle school’s theatre provided the prefect venue for the variety show.  Singers sang modern American and traditional Chinese songs, martial artists demonstrated Kung Fu, and dancers showcased modern and folk styles.  Musicians also entertained the audience with classical piano and violin pieces.

“Tonight we will have 14 performances by about 80 kids and many parents.  Each year the number of acts grow as well as our membership.” Said Xiaoli Wang, board member and Performance Chairwoman.  “This is the biggest celebration of the year for us and our community.”

A zodiac animal characterizes each Chinese New Year.  2016 is the year of the monkey and according to Feng Shui expert Chen Shuaifu, this year we will experience “a big slide in the world economy.”  However, his predictions are not all bad.  He suggests in a recent nbcnews.com article, “It’s a good year for people to give birth and to look for love.”

He also predicts a difficult campaign year for Donald Trump and not a good year for those born in the Year of the Dog.   However, he expects good fortune for Hilary Clinton and those born under the Year of the Pig.  Shuaifu also foresees a good year for President Barack Obama.  If Shuaifu's predictions are accurate, perhaps 2016 should be renamed to be the Year of the Democrat.

 

Note:  Click photo images and see them at 4X for better viewing.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Millburn/Short Hills

Merry Christmas from TAPinto Millburn-Short Hills

December 24, 2017

MILLBURN, NJ - The staff at TAPinto Millburn-Short Hills wish all our readers who celebrate a Merry Christmas.  

Millburn Police Investigate Theft by Nordstrom Employee

February 14, 2018

Press Release February 13, 2018

 

On February 6, 2018 Millburn Police Officer Royce stopped a 2009 Jaguar XKR as it exited the mall for having no front plate. The investigation led to the arrest of 50 year old Christopher Garibian of Morristown on an outstanding traffic warrant out of Morris Township. Mr. Garibian was placed under arrest, issued summonses, and released after posting ...

AtlantiCast

AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1M7euCp86-c

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!

 

Upcoming Events

Carousel_image_f26368aa9b02b695afce_3fc10d7c6037ec8915fb_0952ca79b18478625c5395f2431688f1

Mon, February 19, 7:45 PM

Education Center, Millburn

Millburn Board of Education Meeting

Carousel_image_4f8324cc0a175d48b73e_bbc4a05ee6841cf55043_martamcdowell-photo-by-marco-ricca

Sun, February 25, 2:00 PM

Greenwood Gardens, Short Hills

All the Presidents’ Gardens Talk & Book Signing ...

Home & Garden

Carousel_image_61e402c79011d14d92ba_b01211242c63812560cd_networking

Tue, February 27, 8:15 AM

Congregation Bnai Israel, Millburn

JBN Presents: Women's Networking in Millburn

Business & Finance

Carousel_image_5e76a1ee2cccb116935e_img_8d1f0beb8d7a-1

Sun, March 4, 10:00 AM

South Mountain Dog Park, Maplewood

March Fourth for Colon Cancer Prevention 5K

Paper Mill Playhouse Announces the World Premiere of 'Unmasked'

February 18, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, announced today the world premiere of UNMASKED, which will feature some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most iconic work and the stories behind its creation, along with new music and memories from his extraordinary life and career, will open its ...

Millburn Township Republican County Committee Call for Potential Candidates

Registered Republicans interested in serving our community are encouraged to run for the single open Township Committee seat in the 2018 election.  The Millburn Township Republican County Committee invites prospective candidates to arrange an interview by contacting Chairwoman, Mary McNett, at 973-376-3345 or via e-mail at mary.mcnett @gmail.com.

Ms. McNett noted ...

Harry Connick, Jr. to Appear in the World-Premiere Production of "The Sting"

Paper Mill Playhouse (Mark S. Hoebee-Producing Artistic Director, Todd Schmidt-Managing Director), recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, has announced that Harry Connick, Jr. will star as Henry Gondorff in the world-premiere production of The Sting.  The musical is based on the 1973 film, and will have its world premiere at Paper Mill Playhouse for a limited run from March ...