It’s the year of the Dragon! We celebrated Chinese Lunar New Year last week by hosting a party for my son’s class — Spring Happiness poems, oranges, and even a Dragon Parade. The kids loved it and it gave us the opportunity to talk about different countries, cultures and traditions. In previous years Chinese New Year has fallen in February and I welcomed the opportunity to focus on a holiday other than Valentines Day. Don’t get me wrong, I love Valentines Day. But for some kids it’s a little more fun and interesting to talk about dragons, lions, sweeping out the old year and learning to eat with chopsticks. Washington, D.C. is hosting its annual Chinese New Year parade today and it’s a cultural highlight for kids! Lion dances, acrobats, costumes, fireworks…what’s not to love? When we first started celebrating Chinese New Year there were very few children’s books about the holiday. Today there’s a wider selection so check them out if you get the chance and start the conversation. I want to make sure my kids grow up with Chinese New Year as one of our celebrated holidays…and if it edges out Valentines Day…well, I’d welcome that too.