The Lunar New Year is an important holiday for people of Chinese descent throughout the world. This year it begins on Saturday, January 25. In the Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Rat.
According to the library's CultureGrams database page on holidays in China, the Lunar New Year marks the beginning of the Spring Festival.
It is celebrated with "banquets, family gatherings, carnivals, dragon dances, and fireworks. It begins on the first day of the first lunar month and usually occurs about one month after the Gregorian calendar's New Year. It lasts for fifteen days; the first five days are the most important, and the Lantern Festival, which is the last of the fifteen days, is also important. On the day of the Lantern Festival, parks are filled with games, performances, beautiful lanterns, and firework displays. Families gather and eat sweet rice dumplings. On Chinese New Year's Eve, families have a big dinner and children receive money in a red envelope. Those who were born in a year with the same animal as that year receive red presents to bring them good luck."
CultureGrams is a fun library database to explore various aspects of cultures in countries worldwide, Canadian provinces, and U.S. states. It includes information about history, people, customs, politics, and more. If you are off campus, you'll need to log in with your MyWCC account.