Virtual Museum Tour: The Art of Lunar New Year

Happy Year 4721!

No, it’s not the future—that’s the new year on the Chinese lunisolar calendar. To celebrate the year of the Water Rabbit, we’re hopping on a dazzling online museum tour—and you’re invited!

Register here for Art Talk: The Art of Lunar New Year on Monday, February 6 at 7:00 PM. Presented by the Asian Art Museum, opens a new window, this online presentation will walk us through the traditions, food and art behind the magic and nostalgia of Lunar New Year.

Lunar New Year describes a holiday celebrated similarly in South Korea, China, Vietnam and around the world based on the beginning of spring on the Chinese calendar. Although known for lanterns, lion dances, festive rice treats and envelopes of money, each region has its own traditions and foods to usher in prosperity and good fortune for the year. In fact, in Vietnam, the new year will be the year of the cat instead of the rabbit!

Dive Into Art Talks

Did you know that we host a monthly virtual museum tour called Art Talk? Each Art Talk, we invite a professional museum docent to show us the history, symbolism and beauty of a fascinating art collection. Think of it like a guided walk through a special exhibit—without all the legwork!

We hope to see you Monday, February 6 for Art Talk: The Art of Lunar New Year.

Next up, join us on March 6 for Art Talk: Sargent and Spain, a tour of Gilded Age art and history with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

More Lunar New Year Activities With San Mateo County Libraries

Don’t miss out on these fun, free and festive Lunar New Year activities with SMCL:

Make prosperity cakes, a delicious and nostalgic Lunar New Year snack.

Watch a lion dance, January 23 through February 4.

Discover traditional Korean dance at Atherton, January 28 and Brisbane, February 4.

Witness a modern twist on Chinese dance at Belmont, Foster City and Millbrae.