Several years ago, one of our teen volunteers Michelle approached the library with an idea to celebrate the Lunar New Year. She helped us plan crafts and games, suggested food to buy and share, and then led the activities. Last year, the celebration was the biggest yet, spanning a month of musical performances, calligraphy classes, scavenger hunts and more fun. Although we are unable to celebrate in person this year, you can still bring the joy of a shared cultural experience home.
While we have just finished celebrated the solar new year (all about the sun’s rotations!), the Lunar New Year follows the cycles of the moon. Lunar cycles don’t follow a calendar pattern, so the exact date of the Lunar New Year can fall anywhere between mid-January to mid-February. The Lunar New Year is an important holiday (actually holidays – since it encompasses 15 days of celebrating) in many cultures.
Want to learn more? For a great general introduction, start with the entry in the Encyclopedia Britannica, which includes a short video illustrating the origins of the festival. Along with book recommendations, here are also short videos to share with kids about the history, traditions, and stories of the Lunar New Year.
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