lunar new year 2622

Help promote diversity, inclusion and belonging by introducing children to Lunar New Year, which is celebrated by Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and many Asian diasporas here in the U.S. and throughout the world. In 2024 Lunar New Year starts on Feb. 10. While the Koreans and Vietnamese celebrate Lunar New Year over a three-day period, Chinese celebrate it for 15 days, ending with a Lantern Festival on Saturday, Feb. 24. 

 

It’s fun to learn about holidays around the world and the customs and history behind them. Below are various traditions to commemorate the special Lunar New Year celebration: 

  • Decorate with red—it wards off evil.
  • Give good luck money in red envelopes to children.
  • Decorate with bamboo and flowers to bring good luck, fruitfulness and fertility.
  • Offer fruit to your ancestors in a family altar.
  • Spend time with family and friends.
  • Eat foods that bring luck and good fortune: dumplings, tangyuan, fish and spring rolls.
  • Get a fresh haircut for good luck and fresh start.
  • Wear something new to ring in the new year, best if it’s red. 
  • Attend a Lunar New Year parade — get ready for lion and dragon dancers! 
  • Create dragon crafts to scare off bad spirits.

 

Dragon 600x400

San Diego Family art contributor, Alyssa Navapanich, created an art project to celebrate the Year of the Dragon! Find instructions to make at Lunar New Year dragon puppet at www.sandiegofamily.com/for-the-kids/crafts-for-kids/lunar-new-year-art-project.

 

Facts about Lunar New Year

  • The festival date changes every year.
  • It is also called the Spring Festival, Seollal (Korean), and Tết (Vietnamese).
  • 2024 is the Year of the Dragon.
  • One sixth of the world’s people celebrate Lunar New Year.

 

Be sure to check our calendar for local events happening on Feb. 17–24.

Yobe Qiu is passionate about educating those around her about Asian culture. She has authored several children’s books, including “Our Lunar New Year,” “Asian Adventures A–Z” and “I Am an Amazing Asian Girl.”


 

How to Celebrate Lunar New Year

How to Celebrate Lunar New Year

  Help promote diversity, inclusion and belonging by introducing children to Lunar New Year, which is celebrated by Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and many Asian diasporas here in the U.S . . .

Read more

Celebrate Chinese/Lunar New Year in San Diego

Celebrate Chinese/Lunar New Year in San Diego

2024 - The Year of the Dragon  Celebrate Lunar New Year, a festival that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and includes religious ceremonies, family gatherings, traditional . . .

Read more

How to Observe Black History Month with Your Family

How to Observe Black History Month with Your Family

The purpose of Black History Month is to honor the contributions of African Americans in our nation’s history. While that is typically done in school, it’s a great idea to extend the message (an . . .

Read more

San Diego Family Fun Fest

San Diego Family Fun Fest

We had a great time hosting the San Diego Family Fun Fest on Feb. 25!  We hung out with amazing families and wonderful resource providers. Thanks to everyone for making this day meaningful a . . .

Read more

15 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

15 Ways to Celebrate Black History Month

Black History Month (February) is often something that is recognized at school, but is your family doing anything to celebrate or discuss it at home? Literature, food, music and art are fabulous way . . .

Read more

Finding Snow in San Diego

Finding Snow in San Diego

When it comes to snow, we’ve got you covered. When snow is in the forecast, here is where you'll find it in or near San Diego County. Be sure to check websites for projected snowfall, weather condit . . .

Read more

Leprechaun Bait

Leprechaun Bait

The kids are sure to catch a crafty leprechaun with this festive chocolate bark, a delicious sweet treat for St. Patrick’s Day. Thank you to Deborah at www.SuperMoms360.com for sharing her ideas w . . .

Read more

St. Patrick's Day Round-Up

St. Patrick's Day Round-Up

Don your green and discover dozens of kid-friendly ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day in our round-up of St. Paddy's Day recipes, San Diego events, Irish traditions, leprechaun traps and . . .

Read more

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Family

10 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Your Family

Originating in Ireland, St. Patrick's Day was spent at church and with family on March 17, celebrating the teachings of Christianity. When the Irish emigrated to the United States and Canada, the fe . . .

Read more

Feeling down? Turn "the Blues" into Family Fun

Feeling down? Turn "the Blues" into Family Fun

Whether your family is transitioning from a festive holiday break or navigating life challenges, "winter blues" are a real thing -- and can come anytime of year. Don't let sadness get the best of your . . .

Read more

Easter and Spring Round-Up

Easter and Spring Round-Up

Celebrate Easter and springtime with these festive recipes, seasonal crafts and fun activities. Find San Diego EASTER EGG HUNTS, BUNNY SIGHTINGS, BRUNCHES and more --> HERE.   FESTIV . . .

Read more

Be Family Informed – Sign up for our Newsletters below!

Subscribe