From the Township of Maplewood:
The Lunar New Year, marks the start of the lunisolar calendar and is an important holiday in many Asian cultures. SOMA Cross-Cultural Works, the local non-profit organization behind last year’s inaugural Diwali Fest NJ, has once again partnered with the Township of Maplewood to host the first-ever Lunar Fest NJ, a unique multicultural celebration of the Year of the Dog, taking place noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, March 4 at The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ.
This special celebration of Asian cultures invites the whole community and is free to the public.
Lunar Fest NJ will kick off at noon when the Chinese Freemason’s Athletic Club performs a Lion Dance to ward off evil and bring luck for the New Year.
The Lion Dance will be followed by performances and interactive presentations by a variety of professional artists from the New York Chinese Cultural Center, the Woorigarak Korean Cultural Art Center, the Vietnam Heritage Center, and the NJ School of Percussion.
The award winning author and illustrator who designed the official commemorative 2018 Year of the Dog USPS stamp, Mr. Kam Mak, will be at the festival to share his work and lead a stamp-designing activity with children.
Throughout the day, visitors will have the opportunity to sample a wide variety of cuisines and delicious foods including sushi, Korean, Thai, and Chinese fusion. Lunar Fest NJ will offer an array of children’s hands-on activities including traditional Chinese paper-cutting, calligraphy, and origami.
Organized entirely by volunteers from South Orange and Maplewood, Lunar Fest NJ will offer a full day filled with multicultural performances, activities, vendors, and food. With free admission, Lunar Fest NJ provides an opportunity for everyone to enjoy and welcome the Year of the Dog together as friends and neighbors and is expected to attract visitors from across central and northern New Jersey.