“Happy New Year - 新年快樂” 

WARREN, NJ - The MHCS (Murray Hill Chinese School) Chinese New Year Celebration was held on Saturday at Watchung Hills Regional High School. At the Chinese New Year celebration, students participated by singing, dancing, and acting. 

During the ceremony, details were given on Chinese culture and traditions. For example, the Dragon and Lion Dances are performed to scare off evil spirits. Traditional foods, such as dumplings, spring rolls and fish broth, are eaten for wealth and prosperity, and the traditional red envelopes are given for good luck and to ward off evil spirits. The color red is also a symbol of energy and happiness. Putting money in the red envelopes is thought to bring happiness and prosperity on the receivers.

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This year is the Year of the Rat. Other animals are the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The rat is the first of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac.

The Chinese New Year is also known as the Lunar New Year and the Spring Festival.


Murray Hill Chinese School (MHCS) is the largest volunteer-operated school in New Jersey. They teach Chinese Language and Chinese Culture -- kids and adults. The school meets on Saturdays at Watchung Hill Regional High School. (They are unrelated to Watchung Hill Regional High School other than renting their facilities.)

地址 School Location: North Building, Watchung Hills Regional High School, 108 Stirling Road, Warren, NJ 07059