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Lunar New Year Celebration

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Join us as we celebrate Lunar New Year at George Memorial Library! The Lunar New Year is celebrated across most of Asia and follows the lunar calendar.  Similar to astrology, each year is represented by one of 12 animals.  This year is the year of the Rabbit. People born in the year of the rabbit are gentle, quiet, elegant, and alert as well as quick, skillful, kind, patient, and very responsible.  We’ll also celebrate with a traditional lion dance, riddles, make lixi (or red envelopes) for good luck, and a beginner calligraphy class. 

The program is generously sponsored by Friends of the George Memorial Library.


1pm – Lobby--Lion Dancing-- Join us for a lion dance with Houston Lion Kings and bring good luck to the new year!  Enjoy a festive performance of lion dancers and stay for questions and answers.

2pm – Chinese Calligraphy for Beginners:  Meeting Room – Learn how to write Chinese calligraphy using ancient brush techniques!  Registration required—you can register online at


Ongoing tables (1pm – 3pm): 

Chinese Calligraphy -- Have New Year phrases written with authentic Chinese brushes, ink, and paper.  You can even have your name written in Chinese!

Red Envelope Craft and cultural exhibit— Hosted by the Vietnamese Culture and Science Association: Red envelopes are handed out from elders to the younger for good luck and usually contain money. Make your own red envelopes

Riddles and Prizes table – Guess the answer to a riddle, get a prize if you’re right!

Lantern Craft table – Make a lantern for good fortune!  Lighting a lantern and setting it free symbolizes letting go of your old self and getting a new one.  Make your own at the Youth Services Desk