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PHOTOS: Maplewood welcomed the Year of the Tiger with Lunar Fest New Jersey


The lion dance for the year of the tiger 2022

SOMA Cross Cultural Works (SOMA CCW) and Seton Hall launched their new collaboration with Lunar Fest New Jersey, a celebration of the Year of the Tiger on Sunday.

The festival, held at The Woodland in Maplewood, began with the traditional lion dance to bring good luck and ward off bad luck. Performers from the New York Chinese Cultural Society and Chinese Theater Works also attended the event.

SOMA Cross Cultural Works (SOMA CCW) was launched in September 2017 to bring the Diwali celebration to SOMA. Diwali Festival NJ 2017 became a widely successful celebration of South Asian culture, drawing thousands from across the state. The free event included cultural performances, delicious food and fun crafts for kids.

Two children enjoy the festival.

Since then, SOMA CCW has expanded its vision and created or contributed to other successful — and free — community festivals: Lunar Fest NJ, celebrating the Lunar New Year; Hola Fest NJ, Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month; and HAPI Fest NJ, which celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Check out the photo gallery below; Photos by Joy Yagid.


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