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The Year of the Snake lasts from February 10, 2013, to January 30, 2014. The current year is marked as 4710th year in the Chinese Calendar.
There are 12 animal signs – rat,ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig- in a 12 year cycle for the Chinese zodiac. People born in the year of the snake (1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013) are “graceful and soft spoken and will graduate toward all the finer things in life. They are not likely to be bothered by money problems. They make excellent mediators and judges with their careful analysis of any situation…” as mentioned in a press release from the Chinese New Year Parade in San Francisco. The parade itself is coming up on February 23 this year.
As to the tradition of this Chinese New Year Parade, it started way back in 1860’s. It is one of the few remaining night-illuminated parades in the country. “Nowhere in the world will you see a lunar new year parade with more gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers , and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. A crowd favorite is the spectacular 268' Golden Dragon (Gum Lung) It takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane, to carry this dragon throughout the streets of San Francisco."
The Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries (including China, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines) as well as in Mauritius.For Example, you may find out more about Tet celebration according to Professor C. N. Le; about Korean Seollal according to Celine Lee.
Are you curious about how today’s celebrities fare this year? Here is an account of a few of them: “Year of the Snake May Smile on Psy, but Health Woes Could Bite.”
Are you interested in more of this line of fortune telling? Fancy some library books on the subject of Chinese Astrology? Among the books in the Library, The Imperial Guide to Feng-shui & Chinese Astrology is a big one for serious study; but many of them are just fun to read.
May you be content in the year of the snake!
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China (including Hong Kong), Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, and Malaysia celebrate the lunar new year.
Koreans call "Seollal(설날)" for the lunar new year day.
Here is the informative video for "Seollal."
Koreans count their age from conception and base it on the lunar year. Korean babies are officially one years old when they get born.Korean babies are officially one years old when they get born. Korean babies are officially one year old when they get born, and Koreans will not use the 1st of January as the day when they get older, but the first day of the lunar new year (which is usually in early February).
Bayarea Lunar New Year Event
San Jose Public Library Collections
Lunar New Year Crafts in San Jose Public Library
This year, Vineland Library is so lucky to be able to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a lion dance.
Vinh Son Liem Lion Dance Group is a non-profit volunteer Dance Group and is comprised of local area students.
Start a lucky new year by seeing this festive dance!
February 5, 2013 @ 6:00p.m.
Happy New Year! On Tuesday February 8 the Almaden Library welcomes artist Paul Gonzales for a family celebration of Lunar New Year featuring animal-inspired crafts. Join us at 3:30 and create a new decoration to welcome in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit and the Vietnamese Year of the Cat.
Celebrate Lunar New Year at Berryessa Branch
Saturday, February 5, 11-4:00pm
11:30 Opening by O Mei USA Lion Dance
12:00 “O Mei Kung Fu 峨嵋功夫” by O Mei USA
12:15 “Happy Lunar New Year! 新年好!” by Toyon School, Room 1
12:30 “Fred NO Frevo” by The Circle of Fifth
12:45 “1. 採茶撲蝶 2. 小城故事 3. 戰颱風”
傅旭芳古箏教室(Chiffon Fu Gu-Zheng Ensemble)
Melody Li 李妙心; Andrea Lin 林儒渝; Lucy Zhu朱露曦;
Jocelyn Wang王韻慈; Allison Zhang 張康融
1:00 Learning Mandarin at North Valley Chinese School
光華中文學校: Michael Truong & Nicholas Kavanaugh
1:10 “Vietnemese Songs:Đón Xuân; Xuân 2011”
Trang Huynh, PHHS
1:20 ”Golden Rabbit Family’s Lunar New Year Eve ”
Bryan, Bonnie, Edmont, and Sunny Chu
1:40 “Chinese Songs” by Cecilia Cai
1:50 Berryessa Chinese School CSL, Ms Lee 博愛中文學校CSL班
2:00 “Taichi” by Master Roy Wong’s Taichi Class
2:15 “春樂” & ”歡慶” by Students of Shi, Zhi Ping Dance School
Ann Zhu, Anna Liu, Erin Lin, Elena Wu, Hannah Po,
Rachel Li, Tammi Chan, Tersah Lin; Elisa Zhang,
Sophia Xiao, Alice Hsieh, Isabella Hou, Megan Huang, Michelle Fong, Rosa Lin
2:30 “Butterfly Lover 梁祝” ;“Carmen Fantaisie卡門“
Albert Li and Kevin Lin
2:45 “Line Dance” by Berryessa Line Dance Class, Mrs. Liao
3:00 “Mental Math Demonstration”
Students of Chinese American Abacus Association
3:15 Li, Shu Dong Kung Fu, 李書東功夫表演
3:30 Duet by Liping and Linda’s Duet
4:00 The End (please join Raffle with Linda Chen near Booth area)
Special Thanks to
Berryessa Library and Friends of Berryessa Library
Berryessa Union School District
North Valley Chinese School
Berryessa Chinese School
Chinese American Abcus Association
All Booth Volunteers
All Entertainment Program Participants
Honorable David Cortese, District 3 of Santa Clara County
Honorable Kansen Chu, District 4 of City of San Jose
Lunar New Year is around the corner. Many Asian families celebrate this holiday. Do you want to take this opportunity to celebrate and explore Lunar New Year culture with us? If yes, let me share with you some of my favorite books, which my children and I read every year.
by Catherine Gower and He Zhihong
This story is about how Long-Long celebrates Chinese New Year.
This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong
The author introduces Chinese New Year customs from a child’s viewpoint. It helps children better understand those customs.
Runaway Rice Cake by Ying Chang Compestine
Rice cake is a traditional dessert for Chinese New Year, just like gingerbread for Christmas. It is interesting to describe a rice cake like The Gingerbread Man.
Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn
Everyone loves lucky money. What would you do with it? Sam was excited about going shopping with his lucky money, but at the end he decided to help a homeless man instead.
By Tricia Morrissey
This book is unique because it introduces Chinese New Year customs and Chinese Brush painting to readers at the same time.
There are many more books, like The Chinese New Year and Exploring Chinatown, talking about Lunar New Year in San José Public Library. You are welcome to visit our libraries as often as you want. Happy Lunar New Year!