Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year – also known as Lunar New Year – is the biggest festival in China, celebrated over fifteen days with fireworks, lantern displays, and traditional lion and dragon dances. Chinese New Year always falls in either January or February, and depends on the coming of the new moon before spring.

This year, the date is Tuesday 5 February. We will move from the Year of the Dog (2018) to the Year of the Pig (2019).

Year of the Pig 2019 - a year of fortune and luck!

According to Chinese astrology, 2019 is a great year to make money, and a good year to invest! 2019 is going to be full of joy, friendship and love for all the zodiac signs. It will also be a lucky year because the Pig attracts success in all areas of life.

People born in the Year of the Pig are said to be peaceful, friendly, kind, generous, and honest.

Lantern Making static activity

All day, every day 7–17 Feb – all libraries.

Self-directed, non-staffed.

Red Lanterns are symbols of good luck and wealth and are seen everywhere over the Chinese New Year. Help us decorate our libraries for the Year of the Pig!

Create your lantern and hang it up to brighten our spaces. Make more for home too!

Free. Drop in only.

Children under 8 years must be actively supervised by an adult.

Chinese New Year craft activities for families

Leeston Library

  • Saturday 9 February 1.30–2.30pm
  • Saturday 16 February 1.30–2.30pm

Darfield Library

  • Saturday 9 February 1.30–2.30pm
  • Saturday 16 February 1.30–2.30pm

Lincoln Library

  • Sunday 10 February 1.30–2.30pm
  • Sunday 17 February 1.30–2.30pm

Rolleston Library

  • Saturday 9 February 1.30–2.30pm
  • Sunday 17 February 1.30–2.30pm

Dragons are a large part of the Chinese New Year celebrations. They are, according to Chinese Legends, creatures that are helpful and friendly. They are known to scare away evil spirits, bring wisdom, good luck, wealth and prosperity.

Make origami pigs and a dragon mask to help celebrate Lunar New Year! Fun for all ages.

Free. Drop in, no booking required.

Children under 8 years must be actively supervised by an adult.