For many regions around the world, from China and Vietnam, to Singapore and South Korea, the Lunar New Year is a time of appreciation, reflection, and celebration with family, friends, and cultural traditions. For Multnomah County libraries and staff, Lunar New Year is a special time for fun and engaging library events that share the history and traditions of this celebration with the local community.
"Being with family as a reunion, to say goodbye to the old and to welcome a new beginning is what this time is about," says Toan Lam-Sullivan, Bilingual Chinese Regional Librarian.
Lunar New Year, the start of a new lunar calendar year, occurs at the end of January or in early February. Each lunar year is guided by a zodiac animal. There are 12 animals in the zodiac, all of which are real, except for one which is mythical — the dragon. This year, 2022, is the Year of the Tiger.