Lunar New Year, also known as Spring Festival, is a holiday that is celebrated in many countries across Asia at the beginning of the lunar cycle, typically the middle of January or early February. The holiday is celebrated for 15 days with family gatherings, special meals and fireworks. Each country celebrates the holiday a little differently but there is a common thread, dedicated time to celebrate with friends and families. For people in China, the year is marked with one of the 12 zodiac symbols, each represented by a different animal. This year the holiday begins on February 8, beginning of the Year of the Monkey.
To learn more about the Lunar New Year check out some of these books at your local library: