Lunar New Year 2020 -Year of the Rat!

Jan 25, 2018

Laura McShane

The Lunar New Year or Spring Festival, but commonly known in the U.S. as Chinese New Year, takes place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 (lasting for 15 days) and is the Year of the Rat!

The Rat is the first animal of the Chinese zodiac. In Chinese culture, rats were seen as a sign of wealth and surplus. Those born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020 are clever, optimistic, and have an energetic personality. Those born in the year of the rat are said to be most compatible to the Ox, Dragon, and Monkey.

The Lunar New Year is one of the most celebrated holidays in Asian culture and growing in popularity. It is celebrated with lucky symbolic foods, family reunions, and time spent with friends and loved ones.

Share the New Year with a paired BookFlix reading of Sam and the Lucky Money by Karen Chinn and Chinese New Year by David Marx- also available in many formats at your local library.


Build appreciation and understanding of world culture !!

Photo and content credit- OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, Greater Cleveland chapter

The animals of Chinese New Year = 中国农历新年动物生肖

The Animals of Chinese New Year

"In this festive, dual-language board book (English and Simplified Chinese), twelve animals race to see who will represent the Chinese zodiac."

The Great Race - The Story of the Chinese Zodiac

The Great Race

Relates how the Jade Emperor chose twelve animals to represent the years in his calendar. Also discusses the Chinese calendar, zodiac, the qualities associated with each animal, and what animal rules the year in which the reader was born.


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