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Museum hosts Lunar New Year craft project Sat.


January 22, 2020

From the Sweetwater County Historical Museum

Saturday marks the beginning of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and the Sweetwater County Historical Museum is celebrating the day with a special family-friendly event: children (and adults) attending will make their own paper Chinese lanterns.

A rotating slideshow of facts and history about the Lunar New Year and Sweetwater County will also be shown. ​

Paper lanterns have been a tradition in China for 2,000 years, particularly during festivals. The lanterns made Saturday will bear the image of a rat.

While rats are normally thought of in unpleasant terms, in the Chinese zodiac, 2020 is the Year of the Rat, (as was 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, and 2008, which reflects the customary 12-year cycle), and in Chinese culture, rats were often seen as signs of wealth and abundance.​

The event starts at 11 a.m. and runs until 1 p.m., Saturday at the Sweetwater County Historical Museum at 3 East Flaming Gorge Way in Green River. There is no charge for the event. All materials are provided, and everyone is welcome.​


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