In collaboration with the Berkeley Heights Diversity Council, the Summit Area YMCA is happy to host the Lunar New Year Festival at one of its branches, the Berkeley Heights YMCA, on February 10, 2018. The Lunar New Year, also popularly known as the Chinese New Year or the Spring Festival, is also a holiday celebrated by other places including Korea, Taiwan, Macau, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Malaysia, Laos and more. The holiday is based on the lunar-solar calendar, and is a time for joyous celebration with friends and family. It is also a time to observe traditions and customs, to honor household and heavenly deities, ancestors, and to ward off evil spirits for the new year. Join us to learn about the richness of Asian customs during the Lunar New Year! PERFORMANCES LUNAR NEW YEAR LION DANCE Performed by Wushu Kungfu Fitness Center of East Hanover MARTIAL ARTS PERFORMANCES & INTERACTIVE DEMONSTRATIONS Performed by Shaolin Kungfu & Taichi school of Warren and Wushu Kungfu Fitness Center of East Hanover. Join in after the Kungfu & Taichi performance and master the forces of yin and yang with Master Shifu Lin! TRADITIONAL KOREAN FOLK DRUM & DANCE PERFORMANCE Performed by esteemed Korean drumperformer, Vong Pak LUNAR NEW YEAR CHINESE MUSIC & DANCE PERFORMANCES Performed by the Spring Academy Montessori CHILDREN'S DRAGON PARADE Chase away the evil spirits and bring in good luck for 2018 in our Children's Dragon Parade! Join in on the fun! ACTIVITIES CHILDREN'S ARTS & CRAFTS Make your own Lanterns, Paper Drums, Origami, and Coloring sheets to decorate your home for Lunar New Year! LUNAR NEW YEAR STORYTIME Join us for storytime! We'll be reading three Lunar New Year themed books that will introduce traditions new and old! 5:15PM - This Next New Year 5:30PM - Curious George Dragon Dance 6:00PM - The Nian Monster ASIAN FASHION DISPLAY LUNAR NEW YEAR PHOTO BOOTH Snap a selfie with our Lunar New Year Dragon! FOOD, SNACKS AND DRINKS Enjoy foods sold by local Asian restaurants and win Asian Snacks and Beverages from carnival style games like Plinko and Spin the Wheel! CHINESE ZODIAC FACE PAINTING Provided by the Spring Academy Montessori LION DANCE INTERACTIVE DEMO Learn how to do the traditional lion dance with instructors from the Wushu Kungfu Fitness Center! CHINESE CALLIGRAPHY Provided by the Shaolin Kungfu & Taichi school of Warren PRIZES Free prizes like Y memberships and guest passes, restaurant gift certificates and free martial arts gift certificates will be announced to lucky winners with sign in and entry!