Chinese Lunar New Year 2013 - Year of the Snake


Selections from our Collection

Celebrating Chinese New Year by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith
Depicts a San Francisco boy and his family preparing for and enjoying their celebration of the Chinese New Year, their most important holiday.
Chinese New Year by David F. Marx
A simple introduction to the traditions and festivities of Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year [videorecording]
Shows the sights and sounds of a traditional Chinese New Year celebration.
Chinese New Year : a time for parades, family, and friends by Fay Robinson.
Delves into the symbolism behind the holiday's traditions, while providing insight into the larger Chinese culture and describing Chinese American celebrations across the country.
Chinese New Year's dragon by Rachel Sing
Story about a Chinese American girl and her favorite holiday. Encourages awareness and appreciation of Chinese American cultures.
Chinese New Year crafts by Karen E. Bledsoe.
Contains step-by-step instructions for ten craft projects for celebrating Chinese New Year, such as noisemakers, paper firecracker candy holders, and a dragon streamer puppet, and includes a list of further resources. 
Lion dancer : Ernie Wan's Chinese New Year by Kate Waters and Madeline Slovenz-Low
Describes six-year-old Ernie Wong's preparations, at home and in school, for the Chinese New Year celebrations and his first public performance of the lion dance.
My first Chinese New Year by Karen Katz.
A girl and her family prepare for and celebrate Chinese New Year.
The dragon new year : a Chinese legend by Dave Bouchard
Frightened into sleeplessness by the noisy celebration of the Chinese New Year, a young girl takes comfort in her grandmother's soothing story of a dragon, a mother's sorrow, and Buddha.
This next New Year by Janet S. Wong
A family prepares to celebrate the Lunar New Year and looks forward to the good luck they hope it will bring.


Library Events

Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year! Nikola Clay presents Dance Around the World
Learn Gung Xi Ni, the Chinese New Year dance and other folk songs and dances
Wednesday, February 13, 3:30 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Fairfield Civic Center Library


Free or Low-cost Festivals


Chinese New Year Culture Association (CNYCA) 16th Annual Chinese New Year celebration
Saturday, February 16, 2013 • 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Scottish Rite Masonic Center,
6151 H Street, Sacramento, CA 95819.
Admission: Adult: $6; Children 12 and under: $1
Parking: Free on site 

Stage programs, Children games, Booth vender exhibition and Food vender exhibition. Stage programs include Dragon dance, ethnic dance, martial arts, music, solo vocal and chorus. Local businesses and organizations vendors will present their goods and services to the public. Local Chinese restaurant vendors will let you taste Chinese.


Chinese New Year Festival
Monday, February 18, 2013 • 9 a.m. 
Bay Area Discovery Museum
557 McReynolds Rd
Sausalito, CA 94965
General Admission: $11

Museum's annual celebration of Chinese New Year. Purchase a theatre ticket to see a vibrant performance by the Chinese Performing Arts of America Youth Group. Try your hand at calligraphy or make a kite in the Art Studios. Delicious Chinese food will be on sale or make your own traditional sweet pastry and we'll cook it for you. Free outdoor demonstrations by the spectacular lion dancers of the Dragon Horse Lion.


Chinatown Community Street Fair
Saturday February 23, 2013 • 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Sunday February 24, 2013 • 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Chinatown, San Francisco, CA, 94133  
(415) 982-3000
Free - All Ages

Enjoy dance, drumming and acrobats from throughout Asia. Experience the ancient Chinese arts such of calligraphy, fortune telling and lion dancing while strolling with giant walking puppets in a shopper's paradise. Make sure to get a family photo with the giant dragon and other memorable artifacts from the Parade! Venue: Grant Avenue from California to Broadway Pacific Avenue from Kearny to Stockton; Washington & Jackson Street from Kearny to Stockton

Southwest Airlines Chinese New Year Parade
Saturday, February 23, 2013 • 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
730 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-3000  
Free - All Ages

Gorgeous floats, elaborate costumes, ferocious lions, exploding firecrackers , and of course the newly crowned Miss Chinatown U.S.A. and her court. See the spectacular 268' Golden Dragon ("Gum Lung") that takes a team of over 100 men and women from the martial arts group, White Crane, to carry. Please refer here for the parade route: