LAWRENCEVILLE, NJ – Chinese New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year 2022 fall on Tuesday and Wednesday, February 1 and 2, kicking off the Year of the Tiger with celebrations including parades, food and other cultural traditions during the next two weeks.
Quaker Bridge Mall will celebrate the Lunar New Year on February 12 from 1-3 p.m. at Center Court. There will be a traditional Lunar New Year celebration with Chinese folk dances, Chinese musical instruments playing violin, zither, Chinese calligraphy and dragon performances.
Chinese New Year is a 15-day festival in China and Asian communities around the world that falls between January 21 and February 21. 20 on Western calendars every year, but simultaneously with the new moon. It’s also called the Lunar New Year for this reason – and the Spring Festival because in China people are given seven days off to relax.
This year, the celebration begins at the end of the Year of the Ox on Monday with the traditional Chinese New Year’s Eve and ends on February 15 with the Lantern Festival.
A staple of these festivals are the Dragon Dances, a ritual in which dancers carry a colorful dragon – a symbol of good fortune in Chinese culture – in a long procession through the streets.