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  • December 29, 2022

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year!

Happy Lunar New Year! 1024 683 LA County Library

Happy Lunar New Year!

2024 – Year of the Dragon

What is Lunar New Year?

Chinese DragonThe Lunar New Year is the beginning of a calendar year where the months are based on the cycles of our moon. It is based on the lunar calendar, which is different from the Gregorian calendar used in the United States and many other parts of the world. Those who observe Lunar New Year celebrate for multiple days — not just one day (New Year’s Day) as in the Gregorian calendar.

The Lunar New Year is also a major celebration that is observed by numerous cultures, mostly in East and Southeast Asia, including China, Vietnam, South Korea, and Malaysia. It is often referred to as “Chinese New Year” because the celebration is considered to have originated there. Lunar New Year provides an opportunity for families to reunite and celebrate traditions.

When Does Lunar New Year Begin?

In 2024, Lunar New Year begins on February 10. LA County Library is celebrating with in-person and virtual events along with a booklist with titles for all ages to enjoy. Please see below for more information and registration details.

Does This Mean That It Won’t Be the Year of The Rabbit Anymore?

Yes! It’s time to turn the page to a new animal from the Chinese Zodiac for 2024: the dragon.

The Chinese Zodiac is a cycle of 12 years, where each year is represented by one of 12 animals. This year, 2024, is the year of the dragon, and what a better time to fly to your local LA County Library.

The dragon represents good luck, strength, health and also the male element Yang. The dragon is unique because it is the only mythical creature of all the animals in the Chinese zodiac. Fun fact: babies are born in the year of the dragon more than any other animal. (Source: University of Washington).

What is LA County Library Doing to Celebrate Lunar New Year?

We’ve got events throughout February to commemorate Lunar New Year, and you’re invited!

Activity Idea

Check out how to create an easy and fun paper lantern by watching our video below:

Celebrate Lunar New Year with Movies!

Kanopy has put together a collection of films from China that is certain to have something for everyone to enjoy.

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