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SOMA Cross Cultural Works and Seton Hall University Collaborate to Present Lunar Fest New Jersey


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Seton Hall University, one of the country’s leading Catholic universities and a pillar in the South Orange community it calls home, works with SOMA Cross Cultural Works, a community foundation committed to diversity and inclusion.

The partnership aims to raise cultural awareness and sensitivity for the local community through cultural festivals and educational initiatives. It will help both organizations continue to celebrate and promote the rich diversity and multiculturalism of the region and promote tolerance.

“As part of our university mission, Seton Hall embraces the rich, broad spectrum of humanity,” said Monica Burnette, vice president of student union. “We support equal opportunity and equity and build inclusion, belonging and connectedness – within the university and beyond. We are proud to sponsor this community building program.”

SOMA CCW and Seton Hall will partner with Lunar Fest New Jersey, a celebration of the Year of the Tiger, on Sunday, January 23, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Woodland in Maplewood, NJ

The festival begins with the traditional lion dance, which is said to bring good luck and drive away bad luck. Performers from the New York Chinese Cultural Society and Chinese Theater Works will also perform.

“We look forward to working with Seton Hall University. We are so fortunate and proud to have an educational institution in our midst that has the resources to foster an inclusive community.”

About SOMA Cross Cultural Works

SOMA Cross Cultural Works (SOMA CCW) was launched in September 2017 to bring the Diwali celebration to SOMA. Diwali Festival NJ 2017 turned out to be 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.

Since then, SOMA CCW has expanded its vision and created or contributed to other successful – and free – community festivals: Moon Festival NJ, celebrating the Lunar New Year; Hello Fest NJ, celebrating the month of Hispanic heritage; and HAPI Fest NJ, celebrates the Asian American Pacific Islanders Heritage month.

In addition to organizing free cultural festivals, SOMA CCW’s initiatives include partnering with local elementary schools and public libraries, supporting local cultural events such as Holi celebrations, film screenings and more. For more information visit

About Seton Hall University

Seton Hall University has been a catalyst for leadership – the development of students in mind, heart and spirit – since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and with more than 80 rigorous majors, Seton Hall’s academic excellence has been recognized by The Princeton Review, US News & World Report and Bloomberg Businessweek. Seton Hall, which includes students from all religions, prepares its graduates to be exemplary servant leaders and caring citizens of the world.

The attractive main campus is located in the suburb of South Orange, New Jersey.

A new independent university economic analysis found that Seton Hall has a significant impact on the New Jersey economy, amounting to over $1.6 billion annually and creating and sustaining nearly 10,000 jobs. For more information visit


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