Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year

Celebrating the Year of the Ox

Lunar New Year, 農曆新年, 中國新年 in traditional Chinese or 农历新年, 中国新年 in simplified Chinese, begins a new year for the traditional lunar calendar by marking the end of winter and the beginning of spring. For many years this holiday has been celebrated with the annual Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in D.C.'s historic Chinatown neighborhood, bringing together business leaders, local organizations and community members. 2021 is the Year of the Ox, signifying hard work, honesty and positivity as we embark on a year of healing and renewal. Although we cannot gather together in person, we offer virtual celebrations to continue the Lunar New Year traditions.

Lunar New Year Virtual Activities

Friday, Feb. 12 | 6 p.m.
Welcoming the Lunar New Year with Mayor Muriel Bowser
An opening ceremony and observance for this year's Lunar New Year holiday!

Saturday, Feb. 13 | 2 p.m.
Celebrating the Lunar New Year: A Parade of Chinatown Memories

Watch a lion dance, learn about Chinatown parades of the past, and participate in interactive activities! 

Check out our regularly scheduled story time and family engagement activities with Lunar New Year themes:
Friday, Feb. 12 at
10:30 a.m. & 4 p.mAccess the complete YouTube playlist of story time and craft activities here, available throughout the Lunar New Year weekend!

                                        Lunar New Year

                                       Lunar New Year

                                        Lunar New Year

These photos of past Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations are from the Washington Evening Star collection, accessible through The People’s Archive 

Books celebrating the Lunar New Year and Chinese American Heritage:

That We May Live: Speculative Chinese Fiction (Calico, 1): Yan, Ge, Tse,  Dorothy, Wa, Chan Chi, Chen, Si'an, Tam, Enoch, Zhu, Hui, Evans, CJ,  Coolidge, Sarah: 9781949641004: Books

Sour Heart: Stories: Zhang, Jenny: 9780399589386: Books

A Tiger in the Kitchen: A Memoir of Food and Family: Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan:  9781401341282: Books

Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown: Hilgers, Lauren:  9780451496133: Books

That We May Live: Speculative Chinese Fiction

Sour Heart: Stories

A Tiger in the Kitchen

Patriot Number One


Dragon Dancer (Lantana Global Picture Books): Chng, Joyce, Pailler, Jeremy:  9781911373261: Books

New Clothes for New Year's Day: Hyun-joo Bae: 9781933605296:  Books

Moonbeams, Dumplings & Dragon Boats: A Treasury of Chinese Holiday Tales,  Activities & Recipes: Simonds, Nina, Swartz, Leslie, So, Meilo:  9780152019839: Books

The Rooster's Antlers: A Story of the Chinese Zodiac: Kimmel, Eric A.,  Xuan, Yongsheng: 9780823413850: Books

Dragon Dancer

New Clothes for
New Year's Day

Moonbeans, Dumplings and Dragon Boats

The Rooster's Antlers

goDigital Resources to Learn More About Chinese Cultural Heritage:

Kanopy: Candles for New Years: a story of the Lahu people of China

Freegal: "Chinese New Year" an album by Heritage Dragon 

Alexander Street’s Contemporary Global SoundExplore the music of Beijing, Sichuan and the Yunnan province

Access Videos on DemandConfucius Was A Foodie: Celebrations, Ceremonies and the Dumpling

Community Partners:

DC Public Library expresses its appreciation for community partners who so proactively engage with the Chinatown community and initiate cultural initiatives and compelling programs throughout the year. Our partners for these events include Mayor's Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of D.C., the 1882 Foundation, the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, and the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum's A Right to the City exhibition staff