Celebrations around the world

By Andrea Gilmer, Bossier Parish Library February 6, 2019

As I write this column China and many other Asian countries are celebrating the Lunar New Year, which is February 5 this year. Being reminded of this, I got curious about some of the traditions and decided to do a bit of research. 

Preparation for the new year starts early with a tying up of loose ends for a fresh start in the new year, as will be familiar to many of my readers who celebrate the commonly used Gregorian Calendar’s new year on January 1. This is a time for family and gifts are often exchanged during celebrations; on New Year’s Eve families gather for a reunion dinner and decorations are hung for the New Year. At this time new duilian, or door couplets, would be hung either side of the front door; these couplets are often poetic, and are commonly wishes for things such as good health, luck, and friends.

The end of the New Year festivities is marked by the Lantern Festival, which falls on February 15 this year. Traditionally, families would make these lanterns out of red silk or paper as red is considered a lucky color. Upon reading this fact, I veered a bit out of the historical and searched one of our newer databases to see if I could find any tutorials on lantern making. Creativebug does have a few tutorials describing methods for paper lantern making, though they don’t appear to be what would typically be used for the Lantern Festival, they are similar in construction to flying lanterns which would be used during the Mid-Autumn Festival or Moon Festival.

There is far more to these celebrations than I can mention in my little weekly column, and I encourage my readers to do a bit of their own sleuthing to find out more! I used several of the library’s resources that are accessible even from home, just visit our website and you’ll find our list of databases under the “research” tab. Enjoy!


All locations are closed in observance of President’s Day on Monday, February 18, 2019.

Coming Up: 

Aulds         742-2337  

Thursday, Feb. 14 @ 4:30pm – Teen Thursdays, ages 13-17


Benton       965-2751  

Thursday, Feb. 14 @ 6:00pm – Game Night Café, all ages

Bossier Central       746-1693   

Tuesday, Feb. 19 @ 4:00pm – Teen Zines, ages 13-17

Wednesday, Feb. 20 @ 10:00am – Baby & Me, ages 0-2

East 80        949-2665  

CLOSED FOR RENOVATIONS – Update: Noticeable progress on the parking lot is slated to begin in January 2019 (barring more weather delays)! Thank you for your continued patience.  

Haughton          949-0196  

Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 1:00pm – Saturday Matinee: Christopher Robin, all ages

History Center         746-7717 

Saturday, Feb. 23 @ 2:00pm – Showing of: Beyond Galilee: Shreveport and the Struggle for Civil Rights, all ages

Plain Dealing       326-4233  

Tuesday, Feb. 19 @ 1:00pm – Makerspace: Scribble Machine, ages 9-12


Tooke        987-3915  

Tuesday, Feb. 19 @ 11:30am – TaiChi Exercise, ages 18 and up

New Materials:

  • American Pop by Snowden Wright (Fiction; Book)
  • Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James (Fiction; Book)
  • Crewel & Unusual: A Haunted Yarn Shop Mystery by Molly MacRae (Fiction; Book)
  • Endgames by L.E. Modesitt, Jr. (Fiction; Book)
  • The Hiding Place by C.J. Tudor (Fiction; Book)
  • The Last Life of Prince Alastor: Book 2 by Alexandra Bracken (Children’s Fiction; Book)
  • On the Come Up by Angie Thomas (YA Fiction; Book)
  • A Rising Man by Abir Mukherjee (Fiction; Book)
  • When One Religion isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People by Duane R. Bidwell (Non-Fiction; Book)
  • The Wife starring Glenn Close & Johnathan Pryce (DVD)
  • The Winter Sister by Megan Collins (Fiction; Book)