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Scarsdale Library Marks Chinese New Year for Kids

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – The Chinese New Year begins Jan. 23 and for the Chinese, Monday will mark the start of 4710, the Year of the Dragon.

The Scarsdale Public Library will mark the occasion with a celebration for young children – early elementary and younger -- from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the library at 54 Olmstead Road. The event will include stories, crafts and a light snack.

Traditionally, houses are cleaned and decorated in the days before Chinese New Year, according to the website Religion Facts. Red envelopes are passed out on Chinese New Year's Eve. The following day, Chinese New Year is celebrated with firecrackers, lanterns, torches and bonfires to chase away the evil spirits, who are believed to be dispersed by light and noise. Dragon dances and lion dances take place in streets and public places throughout the first few days of the Chinese New Year.

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