Happy Lunar New Year

iStock_000019307361_DoubleHappy Lunar New Year! Also known as Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, this holiday is celebrated by millions of people around the world and marks the end of the coldest part of winter and the beginning of the season’s turn toward spring. According to the Chinese lunar calendar, February 8, 2016 is the start of the Year of the Red Monkey.

Every country has its own New Year’s traditions, but most people focus on making amends, cleaning house, reuniting with family and exchanging gifts. Hong bao is “lucky” money given in a red envelope from elder to younger and employer to employee. The celebrations continue for at least a week, filled with food, festivals and fireworks.

Come to Tacoma Public Library and celebrate the Year of the Red Monkey with books featuring festive recipes, interesting Lunar New Year facts and great stories for kids that focus on this fascinating holiday.

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