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It's the Year of the Dragon - Celebrate Chinese New Year

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Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Library! Chinese New Year is a two-week celebration, and this year it begins on February 10th. Join us in ushering in the Year of the Dragon with Chinese dances, traditional food, tea, and crafts. Local organizations and students will give insight into New Year’s customs such as the kitchen god, honoring ancestors, and the lantern festival. This informative and fun program is a partnership between The Organization of Chinese Americans, Fairfield County Chapter (OCAFC) and the Library.

Register for the event and feel free to attend any or all the sessions:

2:15pm - Dragon Dance performed by Mandarin students in Hsuan-Hui Wang’s class at New Canaan High School. The dance was taught by Yulin Tsao of the Chinese Language School of Fairfield County.

2:30pm - CT Chinese Dance Group will perform a traditional New Year’s dance.

2:00pm to 4:30pm - Learning Tables: the significance and history of many customs, presented by New Canaan High School Mandarin language students.

  • Kitchen God
  • Lantern Festival – craft
  • Honoring ancestors and family
  • Tea/Sweets/Red Envelopes

The date of Chinese New Year changes each year as it's decided by the lunar calendar, which is based on the cycles of the moon and sun. The lunar years are marked by a 12-year cycle, each represented by an animal. 2024 is the Year of the Dragon. People born in the year of the Dragon are thought to be lucky, ambitious, charismatic, and successful. If you were born in 2024, 2012, 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, and 1952, you are a dragon.