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Chinese New Year and Crane House

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, has been around for thousands of years. It has its roots in Chinese legend and tradition; its celebration is believed to ensure good luck in the coming year.

Chinese New Year begins with the new moon on the first day of the new year and ends on the full moon 15 days later.

Several countries observe the festival outside of mainland China. These include Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Singapore.

Celebrations can also be found in Australia, Canada, and the United States, although Chinese New Year isn’t an official holiday in these countries.

Many locals celebrate Chinese New Year along with Crane House, The Asia Institute in Louisville. Their Annual Asian New Year Dinner and Auction is the organization’s largest fundraiser.

However, Crane House celebrates Asian culture all year long, offering a variety of art, educational and appreciation programs for all ages. This includes cooking and language classes, exhibits and even business-related services.

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  • There are three ways to name a Chinese year: by animal, by formal name, or in terms of 60-year cycles (a cycle equals a century, or 100 years). 2010 is the year of Geng Yin (formal name or “Stem Branch”) and Year 4707 in the Chinese Calendar. In the United States, the Chinese year is most often referred to by its animal name. 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.
  • Chinese New Year ends with the Lantern Festival, on the 15th day of the celebration. This culminates in nighttime lantern displays and a parade.
  • Postal services in the U.S., Canada and Australia honor Chinese New Year with themed postage stamps.

For more information on Crane House, The Asia Institute, check out our Season One segment and our interview with Crane House Director Bryan Warren.

Program 416
On this edition of "Louisville Life", get a healthy serving from "Chef Nancy", meet a woman who holds the fate of some lucky Kentuckians in her hands, celebrate the Chinese New Year with Crane House and enjoy the culinary delights at the . (#416)