Happy Chinese New Year 2017


The Chinese New Year, known in modern Chinese as the Spring Festival, begins on January 28 this year, and it marks the start of a new animal’s zodiac year. This year that animal is the Rooster. People born in a Year of the Rooster have many fine qualities, like being hardworking, talented and courageous. They also enjoy the spotlight and exhibit their charm at every opportunity. But don’t take my word for it. Learn all about the Year of the Rooster and Rooster personalities here.

Fun fact: Eating fish is a must-do on this holiday, because the Chinese word for fish sounds like the word for “surplus.” So if you eat fish you could potentially receive a surplus of money and luck during the year. I’ll bite!

The beautiful part of the Chinese New Year’s tradition is that it is a time for families to come together and enjoy food and family time.

If you’re not already familiar with this holiday and its traditions, read up! You can also check out the following local events, or celebrate Chinese culture through reading and learning on your own. Happy Chinese New Year!

Go & Do 

Kids’ Zone – Celebrate Chinese New Year
Thursday, January 26, 4-5PM
DCL in Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue

Kids in grades 2-6 celebrate this holiday by learning to ribbon dance, write characters, cut designs, and make greeting cards. Plus, they get to take home a special treat! No registration required.


HRCA Chinese New Year Celebration & Cultural Fair
Saturday, January 28
Celebration Performance: 2-3PM
Cultural Fair: 12-4PM
Southridge Recreation Center, Highlands Ranch

Learn about China’s rich culture by experiencing the traditions of Chinese New Year. Performances include Chinese dragon and lion dances, folk dances, and martial arts, as well as choral and instrumental performances.


Chinese New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 4, 10AM
DCL in Highlands Ranch, James H. LaRue

Celebrate with festive crafts, activities and special performances at the library. A great event for families! Registration is required.



Dive into Chinese culture without leaving your house — all you need is your library card. Check out these resources.

  • Learn Mandarin with Mango.
  • Experience China by learning about its culture.
  • Explore China’s history.



  • Browse the library catalog for a variety of books about China, Chinese culture, and even Chinese cooking.
  • These adorable stories give youngsters an early education about Chinese New Year — what it’s all about and how it is celebrated.




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