Learning about Lunar New Year

Appreciation of other cultures requires nurturing our sense of tolerance and acceptance. The more we understand and appreciate each other, the more we strengthen the social fabric of our city and our schools.

Celebrated by millions of people worldwide, Lunar New Year is considered a very important holiday in China, Vietnam, Mongolia, North and South Korea, and other parts of Asia. It is an opportunity to reunite with family and celebrate traditions dating back over 4,000 years.

The date of the Lunar New Year changes every year because it is based on the lunar calendar. The traditional lunar calendar used in Asia is based on the moon’s orbit around the earth. Lunar New Year is always celebrated on the
second new moon after the winter solstice.

This guide provides opportunities to recognize and celebrate Lunar New year with students. Lesson ideas for all grade levels are included.

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