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Celebrating Lunar New Year 2024, the Year of the Dragon

Year of the DragonGong Hay Fat Choy! February 10 marks the beginning of Lunar New Year -- Chinese Chunjie, Vietnamese Tet, Korean Seollal, Tibetan Losar, and Spring Festival, which celebrates the arrival of the new year in Asia and ends 16 days later with the first full moon. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon , symbolizing power, nobility, honor, luck, and success.

On Sunday, February 4th, Seton Hall University partnered with South Orange Maplewood Cross Cultural Works to sponsor Lunar Fest NJ 2024 at The Woodland in Maplewood, N.J.

Hundreds of community members gathered for an exciting afternoon of performances, including a lion dance from the New York Chinese Freemasons Athletic Club, traditional dances from Chinese Theatre Works and Fa Dance Academy, and Kung Fu demonstrations from Zen Wushu Academy. Local food vendors, including Pandang, Fomo Momo, and Rajni served homemade, traditional Asian cuisine.  

Monica Burnette, Ph.D., vice president of Student Services and co-chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, spoke at the event sharing, "I'm honored to serve as the first Asian-American Vice President of Student Services at Seton Hall, and also a proud member of the South Orange Maplewood community. As part of our Strategic Plan, our DEI Committee aims to educate and empower community members to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice on campus and in the wider world. A part of that goal includes fostering and cultivating partnerships within our community. We thank SOMA CCW for once again inviting Seton Hall University to sponsor Lunar Fest NJ this year."

Additional Local Lunar New Year Celebrations

Continue to check the University Calendar for additional Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Events.  

If you are interested in helping to plan Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month in May 2024, please fill out our interest form or email [email protected].

Categories: Arts and Culture

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