Wednesday, January 04, 2023 Steven McQuay

Celebrated around the world, Lunar New Year is observed by over 2 billion annually. Lunar New Year, also called Spring Festival, is a celebration of the arrival of Spring and a time of renewal. It is sometimes referred to as Chinese New Year because of the many Chinese traditions that take place during the holiday, but others may know it as Tet (Vietnamese), Seollal (Korean), and more. This year, Lunar New Year begins on January 22 with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on February 5th with the first full moon 15 days later. The official celebration dates of the holiday can vary by culture. 

Lunar New Year is celebrated in many countries around the world, including China, Korea, Vietnam, India, and Malaysia. Each country has its own set of traditions and rituals. A common tradition is for this celebration to be a time for homecoming. During this time, many celebrate by reuniting with their loved ones. Families use this time to reconnect and celebrate in preparation for the new year. One of the most common traditions is to give out bright red envelopes filled with money. These envelopes symbolize good wishes and luck for the upcoming year. Another common tradition for Lunar New Year is cleaning your house before the New Year begins. This signifies starting off the New Year with a clean slate to clear out all the bad luck from the previous year. Traditional foods and decorations are also very common for the holidays. The most notable decoration is red and gold lanterns and banners. Lion dancers, firecrackers, and fireworks are also common and are meant to bring good luck and prosperity.

You can celebrate Lunar New Year by joining us for our celebration on Saturday, January 21, 2023 at the East Library and Recreation Center and by checking out items from our collection that will tell you more about this holiday.

Check out a curated booklist from our librarians that highlight Lunar New Year and the values that it represents, like homecoming and family. 

Board Books: 

Baby Loves Lunar Phases on Chinese New Year!  by Ruth Spiro

Happy Chinese New Year! A Festive Counting Story  by Jannie Ho 

It'sYourYear, BabyRabbit  


Playing With Lanterns  by Yage Wang  

Tết Together  by Alice Trinh  

El Año Nuevo Chino  

Ruby's Chinese New Year  by Vickie  Lee



The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Girl Who Fell Beneath the Sea by Axie Oh  

Six Crimson Cranes by Elizabeth Lim

The Noh Family by Grace K. Shim


A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

Frankly in Love by David Yoon   

Adult - by authors from countries that traditionally celebrate Lunar New Year: 

Crying in H Mart: A Memoir  by Michelle Zauner

Daughter of the Moon Goddess by Sue Lynn Tan  

The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu 

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous : a novel  by Ocean Voung  

The Leavers by Lisa Ko  

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu  

The Plotters by Ŏn-su Kim