Cultural engagement is a crucial part of the YHALE curriculum. Our annual Lunar New Year celebration provides an opportunity for students and the community to learn about one of the most important holidays in many East and Southeast Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Lunar New Year is known as the Spring Festival or Chūnjié (春节) in Mandarin, while Koreans call it Seollal (설날) and Vietnamese refer to it as Tết.
The holiday celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar calendar and was originally observed to honor household and heavenly deities and ancestors. The Lunar New Year typically begins with the first new moon that occurs sometime between the last week of January and mid February. The holiday spans the first 15 days of the first month of the lunar calendar—until the full moon arrives.
Each year of the Lunar calendar is represented by one of 12 zodiac animals included in the cycle of 12 stations or “signs” along the path of the sun through the cosmos. Year 2023 is the year of the Rabbit in Chinese and Korean cultures, but it is the year of the Cat on the Vietnamese zodiac.
More information about Lunar New Year: https://www.history.com/topics/holidays/chinese-new-year
Every year, we celebrate the Lunar New Year with cultural presentation tables, Asian foods, arts and crafts stations, cultural performances, and a parade featuring traditional cultural clothes. We welcome all students, families, friends, and the community to join us for a day of fun!
YHALE 2023 LUNAR NEW YEAR FESTIVAL (Open to the public)
Location: Parking lot, 4550 River Green Parkway, Duluth, 30096
Date & Time: Saturday, Jan. 28th, 2023; 11: 00 a.m – 5:00 p.m.
Link to apply to be sponsors, vendors, and performers.
Link to be volunteers.
We truly appreciate our sponsors, vendors, and volunteers who make this event possible!
Jaeil Jerky – K Premium Jerky
Snapfinger Scoops – Ice Cream & Waffle
Hello Rainbow – Bookstore & Toys
Boba Mocha – Bubble Tea
Richard’s Street Food – Chinese Street Food
Songri-La Bakery – Cakes & Macarons
Yes Formosa 宝岛夜市 – Taiwanese Street Food
Lucky Fun Fun – Games & Accessories
Tag Auto Group 起点车行 – Buy & Sell Used Cars
Special Thanks to:
11:00-5:00 Activity Stations, Gaming Bus
11:00-12:30 Chess Adventures Challenge
12:45-1:15 Bowing Ceremony
1:35-2:00 Tae Kwon Do by Master Susan George
2:00-2:15 Chinese Martial Arts by Master Quan Weidong
2:15-2:45 Guzheng(Strings) Performance by Magic Eastern Ensemble
2:45-3:00 HanFu (Traditional Chinese Apparel) Fashion Show by Glamour Star Academy
3:00-3:15 Korean Percussion (Samulnori) by Mr. Chang
3:15-4:00 Recognition, Bowing Ceremony
4:00-4:30 Chinese Dance by Atlanta Chinese Dance Company
4:30-4:50 Lion Dance Show & Children’s Parade