The Lunar New Year is a 15-day festival that celebrates the beginning of the lunisolar calendar and is celebrated by over a billion people across the globe. Although the celebration is often referred to as the Chinese New Year, the event is observed in Mongolia, Vietnam, Indonesia and other parts of East and Southeast Asia. It’s a time to visit with family members and loved ones, attend parades and shows, and observe traditions that include giving money in lucky red envelopes, eating special foods, visiting graves, and cleaning the home.
This year the Lunar New Year falls on Friday, February 12, 2021 and in the Chinese zodiac, February 12, 2021 to January 31, 2022 is the Year of the Ox. The date of the Lunar New Year is usually the second new moon after the winter solstice, signifying the end of winter and the return of the warmer days of spring. Yonkers Public Library wishes everyone a healthy, safe and happy Year of the Ox.
Learn more about different Lunar New Year traditions through the library collection. Titles can be placed on hold and picked up at any library location in Westchester County.