The Year of the Dragon

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Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy New Year!

The Lunar New Year is upon us—that’s the time when the lunar calendar makes a new beginning. China, Korea, Vietnam, and most other East Asian countries celebrate the New Year on the second new moon after winter solstice.

In much of East Asia, the Lunar New Year also marks the beginning of a new zodiac. This year marks a shift from the Year of the Rabbit, marked by hope, to the Year of the Dragon, associated with renewal and abundance.

This year, Lunar New Year falls on February 10. People all over the world will celebrate with red paper cuttings for good luck and poems displayed on doors. Children may carry lanterns through the streets to light the night.

Wilmette Public Library will be celebrating the Year of the Dragon on Saturday, February 3, from 2-4pm, in the Auditorium. Hosted in collaboration with Highcrest Mandarin teacher Brenda Hsu, we’ll offer storytelling and crafts that celebrate the Dragon’s resilience and strength.

And while you’re here, check out our holiday collection of books about Lunar New Year. Some of our favorites include the following:

Dragon Dancer by Jeremy Pailler 

Dragon’s Hometown by Dong Hongyou

Ruby’s Chinese New Year by Vickie Lee 

Tomorrow is New Year’s Day by Aram Kim 

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Sheri Reda