Lunar New Year is a festival that celebrates the beginning of the New Year on the traditional lunar calendar. The first day of Lunar New Year begins on the new moon that appears between January 21 and February 20.
This year, Lunar New Year festivities will begin on Sunday, January 22 and honor the Year of the Rabbit. Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian culture and is celebrated worldwide in regions and countries including Vietnam, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Mauritius, as well as by many in Europe and the U.S., including our own Palo Alto!
Prepare Your Home
Days before the Lunar New Year, families will often give their homes a thorough cleaning, as doing so sweeps away the bad luck of the previous year and makes their homes ready for good luck.
- Great books on Cleaning and Getting Organized
Places to donate items you no longer need:
- Goodwill of Silicon Valley – Clothes, Household Items, Misc.
- Friends of the Palo Alto Library – Books, Movies, Puzzles, Games
- Hope Services – Clothes, Household Items, etc.
Attend one of our special Storytime events:
- Lunar New Year Storytime on Tuesday, January 24 at 11:00AM at Children’s Library.
- Bilingual Mandarin Storytime / 中英双语故事时间 on Saturday, January 21 at 2:00PM at Mitchell Park Library.
- Bring the family to our Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, January 28 from 2:00PM 4:00PM at the Palo Alto Art Center. There will be fun crafts and special performances by: Chinese opera singer Cathy Pan, Yueyao Dance Studio, and local martial arts studio Taekwon Tigers!
- Adult Craft Night: Peach Blossom Ornaments, opens a new window on Thursday, February 2 at 6:30PM at Mitchell Park Library.
- 12th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration in Redwood City
- San Jose Museum of Art’s Lunar New Year Celebration
- Lunar New Year Concert at Davies Symphony Hall
- Oakland Museum of Art celebrates Lunar New Year. Get a free ticket with your library card through Discover and Go!
PACL @ Home
- Read about Lunar New Year at home with these great books for kids and teens!
- Decorate! Find lots of great Lunar New Year crafts and activities you can do at home on our Lunar New Year board on Pinterest.
- Feeling crafty? Learn how to make a Dragon Puppet on our PACL YouTube page.
Available with your library card!
- Find ebooks and audiobooks on Hoopla
- Read Nonfiction and fiction books paired together on Bookflix
- Learn more about rabbits with Britannica School
And Don't Forget...
- If you create anything at home please share your creations with us on Instagram and tag @PaloAltoLibrary!
- Follow Us on all of our social media platforms for more information and inspiration!
Palo Alto City Library wishes everyone a very safe and happy Lunar New Year!
Alicia Hulten, Youth Services Librarian, Mitchell Park Library | Follow @MissAlicia on Bibliocommons