Southlake Sister Cities and Southlake Public Library invite you to celebrate the start of the Lunar New Year with special events and activities.
It’s the Year of the Pig! A pig represents luck, overall good fortune, wealth, honesty and general prosperity. Those born in the year of the pig are hardworking, peace-loving people who are truthful, generous, reliable, trusting, sincere, giving, and sociable. They have a great sense of humor and patient understanding.
Celebrate the start of the New Year with these special events.
Lunar New Year Story Time
Bring your children, ages 2-5 years, to a special story time event. Southlake Sister Cities will lead a themed story time with stories, songs and hands-on activities to introduce children to this cultural celebration.
Find it: February 5th | 10:45-11:15 a.m. | Southlake Town Hall 3rd Floor
Let’s make lanterns! Bring your own design and supplies to the workshop, or come to make a simple lantern with provided materials. All ages. No registration is required.
Find it: February 16th | 3-5 p.m. | Southlake Town Hall 3rd Floor
Lunar New Year Celebration, Town Square Walk & Reception
Start the evening celebration with live entertainment. Enjoy live performances including a Dragon Dance, Chinese Yoyo, Martial Arts & more. All ages. No registration is required.
Find it: February 16th | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Southlake Town Square Rustin Pavilion
Lantern Walk and Reception
Light up the night with hope for the New Year. Bring your lanterns (battery operated candles only) to light up the night in Southlake Town Square as we parade through the streets and around McPherson Park pond with a Chinese dragon and music. Follow the parade by celebrating the New Year together with a casual reception in Southlake Town Hall. Parade starts at the Pavilion in Southlake Town Square following the live entertainment. All ages. No registration is required.
Find it: February 16th | 6:30 – 8 p.m. | Southlake Town Square and Town Hall
It’s one of the most colorful events to take place in the City of Southlake. The Lantern Walk literally lights up the sky as it rings in the Chinese New Year.
Friday, February 16, 2018, marked the start of the Lunar Year, also known as the Chinese New Year. It is the most important Chinese Holiday and it will be celebrated across the globe.
Here in Southlake, the Library is hosting a Lantern Workshop on March 3, 2018, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the third floor of Town Hall. Guests are invited to bring their individual design and supplies to the workshop, or participants can use some of the supplies that the Sister Cities organization will be providing, to create their own personal lanterns.
Early voting will be taking place, which will limit the workshop attendance to 40 people per session with two sessions from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. and 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. The lantern workshop is now full but you may request to be on a waiting list. There are no limits on participating in the lantern walk at 7 PM in the Square.
You’ll have plenty of time to create your lantern before joining the parade of lights at dusk, at 7:00 p.m., on the same day (March 3, 2018), in Family Park in front of Town Hall. A reception will be held in the Library following the Lantern Walk.
Southlake has been a Sister City to Suzhou Wuzhong District, China since 2010 and each year a delegation travels to China for a visit, while a group from China travels to Southlake for a week. The group from Southlake is preparing to leave for China next month. It’s a great time of sharing and learning for everyone.
Be sure to mark your calendars now and if you have any questions, just contact the Southlake Library at (817) 748-8243.