Celebrate the Lunar New Year by crafting origami lanterns at KFPL

Chinese lanterns are a favourite decoration during the celebration of the Lunar New Year, and can symbolize the letting go of our past selves and moving forward. Photo by Wu Yi.

The Lunar New Year is considered to be among the most widely celebrated festivals on earth, acknowledged by numerous nations and cultures. Join the Chinese tradition of welcoming the new year with good fortune with Yan Ke of the Chinese Canadian Association of Kingston and District (CCAKD) and the Kingston Frontenac Public Library (KFPL).

The Chinese New Year, which will be celebrated on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023 — though the official holiday lasts seven days and celebrations can continue for 16 days — ends with the Lantern Festival, marking the first full moon. On Wednesday, Jan. 25, Ke is hosting an origami workshop at KFPL’s Isabel Turner branch. According to a release from the library, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., participants will make a 3D paper lantern.

“The Lunar New Year is a time of many celebrations,” said Jake Miller, Librarian, Adult Programming. “This is an exciting opportunity to participate in cultural exchange, promote heritage, and learn about the significance of Chinese lanterns and how to make one yourself.”

Registration is required for the program, and the library noted that space is limited. To register, visit https://calendar.kfpl.ca/event/7843632, or call 613-549-8888.

KFPL said that this event is supported by the Friends of the Kingston Frontenac Public Library.

Image via KFPL.

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