Ahead of the Lunar New Year, red lanterns have been hung along Broadway. The Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, is described as one of the most important traditional Chinese Holidays and is based on the lunisolar Chinese Calendar. Celebrations traditionally run from the evening preceding the first day, to the Lantern Festival. Traditionally, the first day of the New Year falls on the new moon between January 21 and February 20.
This year, the Chinese New Year starts on February 16. According to reports, one-fifth of the world’s population celebrate the festival.
As one of the efforts to help enhance commerce in Downtown Denville, the Lunar New Year celebration is just one of the various events that the Denville BID has organized to further engage the community.
Dragon dance and dog parade on February 18! Come to downtown Denville at 4:00pm for a Lunar New Year celebration welcoming in the Year of the Dog! Sponsored by Hunan Taste!
The Main Day Events will take place on Broadway on Sunday, February 18th. Activities will include live ice sculpture art at 3pm, a dog parade at 4:30, as well as a dragon dance parade at 4:30. Sparklers will be handed out at 4:30 for the festivities.
Aside from the business efforts of this event, Chinese New Year is a rather significant event in Asian communities. Beyond shopping and commerce, the Chinese New Year is a time to reflect, educate and embrace other cultures.
For more information about Denville BID and the businesses involved, be sure to check out DowntownDenville.com