Salt Lake City Public Library Holds Year of Horse Celebrations

Salt Lake City, Feb. 6, 2014, — In the afternoon of Feb. 1, 2014, hundreds of people showed up for the Chinese New Year cultural celebration. Colorful banners and paper lanterns were hung in the Urban Room. A traditional Chinese lion dance, music, children’s activities, and other cultural events brought smiles to the faces of many kids in the audience.

According to the Shēngxiào, or the Chinese zodiac, the Year of the Horse begins on January 31, 2014. The sign of the Horse symbolizes character traits of strength, energy and open-mindedness.

The lion dance started at 1:45pm in the Urban Room, with additional cultural performances continuing later in the Auditorium. For many children, they experience these festivities in person for the first time in their young lives.

This year’s Chinese New Year celebration also included an exhibit of Chinese Calligraphy, which was on display in the Lower Urban Room.

This event is cosponsored by the Chinese Association for Science and Technology in Utah.