Lunar New Year
In China, the New Year is welcomed with a cacophony of drums and firecrackers. While not the most musical, the festival and noise serves the purpose of fulfilling superstition and tradition. According to Chinese legend, a monster named Nian used to terrorize villages by eating their people and destroying their homes, but the bright lights and loud noises of the firecrackers scared away the spirit and kept the village safe. Thus, the celebrations continued throughout the years. The Loudoun County Public Library puts on several Lunar New Year Lion Dance performances. Another great option is the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association’s Chinese Lunar New Year Parade in Washington D.C. (a 3-day Virtual program event to kick off the Year of the Tiger and celebrate the 2022 Lunar New Year. The Virtual Program will begin Feb. 1-3, 2022. tinyurl.com/DCLunarNewYear22).
By Monet Shum