Celebrating Lunar New Year With Family Traditions

Every year, my family rings in the new year twice — once on Jan. 1, and again a month later, for Lunar New Year.

Lunar New Year follows the lunar calendar — this year it lands on Feb. 1, 2022 — and is celebrated by millions of people around the globe, particularly in Asian countries such as China, Korea, and Vietnam. Growing up, my Chinese American family’s traditions included cleaning the house before new year’s day. We’d “sweep out” the past year’s bad luck so we could welcome in the coming year’s good luck. It’s a superstition that I’ve continued with my kids — providing some motivation to pick up their toys.

My family’s practices reflect just one way to usher in the new year. I reached out to five Asian American children’s book authors and asked them to share how they celebrate. As we ring in the new year, you can incorporate these fun customs into your festivities. LEARN MORE