Lunar New Year 2024 welcomes the Year of the Dragon!

This blog post is by members of the Biblio Lotus Team.

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries such as China, North and South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei, Mongolia and Vietnam. The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, so the dates of the holiday vary slightly from year to year. The date for 2024 is February 10, and it is the Year of the Dragon!

The Dragon symbolizes power, nobleness, honor, luck, and success in traditional Chinese culture.

Those born in the Year of the Dragon are believed to be ambitious, energetic, and charismatic, often inspiring others with their passion and enthusiasm. They are natural leaders, confident and unafraid to take risks, making them magnetic personalities in social and professional circles.

Source: Lunar New Year: The Year of the Dragon / Almanac

Three ways to celebrate Lunar New Year at your library:

Lunar New Year - Preschool Storytime
Thursday, February 8, 2024 from 10:30 to 11 am
Oro Valley Public Library

Jasmine Asian Music Ensemble Performance
Thursday, February 15, 2024 from 3 to 4 pm
Eckstrom-Columbus Library

Lunar New Year Celebration!
Thursday, February 22, 2024 from 4 to 5 pm
W. Anne Gibson-Esmond Station Library

Here are some crafts you can do for the Year of the Dragon:

Enchanted Learning: Dancing Lion or Dragon Toy

Make a dancing paper lion or dragon toy for Chinese New Year! Traditionally, on Chinese New Year, two people wear a huge lion or dragon costume and dance. This toy is a tiny paper version of this traditional puppet.

Buggy and Buddy: Hanging Citrus Fruit Paper Craft for Kids

Grab some construction paper and make these orange, lime, and lemon decorations! This easy paper craft for kids will brighten any home on Chinese New Year!

First Palette: Chinese Red Envelope

During the Chinese New Year, children are traditionally given money gifts placed in red envelopes. Craft your own red envelope decorated with Chinese characters for luck and happiness.

Here are some book lists and online sources for additional learning and enjoyment:
Lunar New Year 2024-Cooking for the Festival!

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People of the world love Asian food- from Chinese chop suey, Vietnamese Pho, Korean BBQ, or Mongolian Style. Learn a couple of them and show off during the Lunar New Year time!

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Lunar New Year 2024-Childrens' books

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To celebrate the Year of the Dragon, here you will find the information about the Lunar New Year and how to celebrate it!

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Lunar New Year 2024- Online sources

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We have online sources for Lunar New Year Celebration, stories, crafts and more!

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