Franklin, NJ, February 10, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The Chinese New Year is considered to be the most important of traditional Chinese holidays, celebrated throughout most of Asia. This year, the Chinese New Year falls on February 14 - Valentine's Day. However, while in the West we only celebrate New Year's Eve and Day, the traditional Chinese New Year holiday lasts a full 15 days. It begins with the first new moon of the 1st month of the Chinese lunar calendar and ends with the full moon. The day of the "first" full moon is called the "Lantern Festival, " or "Yuan Xiao Jie" (元宵节) in Chinese. It marks the end of Chinese New Year festivities. To usher in good luck & love and celebrate a sense of unity, lanterns are displayed and special foods are eaten.
Internal Gardens Tai Chi School is offering an Open House celebration of the Lantern Festival of Chinese New Year as a way for the community to get together and share in the healthy Chinese mind/body art of tai chi chuan. Visitors can enjoy free tai chi mini-workshops all afternoon while learning more about a traditional tai chi school setting. "While I'm not Chinese myself," comments owner and master instructor, Loretta Wollering, "I love to honor and share the culture of my deceased tai chi teacher, Master Jou Tsung Hwa. And besides, the Chinese New Year holiday is a great way for people to get a second chance on any abandoned New Year's resolutions!"
While the event is geared towards adults, kids are certainly welcome. Open House begins at 12 noon, and there will be free traditional Chinese New Year's foods and gifts while supplies last. Internal Gardens is located upstairs at: 418 Route 23, Suite D; Franklin, NJ 07416 at the corner of Route 23 North and Rapole Street. For more info, call 973-827-8805 or visit:www.InternalGardens.com