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Cultural Heritage of Fairfax County Residents

Learn about and celebrate the heritage of our neighbors. Last Updated: Feb 3, 2024 2:12 PM

Hawaiian Lei

Red and blue Hawaiian leis made of foam sheets and strawsA lei is a colorful wreath worn in Hawaii. Leis can be made of fresh flowers, nuts, seeds, and other plant material. Originally, the lei was meant as an offering to the gods, and now symbolizes friendship, greeting, and love.

The Hawaiian Lei take and make kits will be available at the following library branches, while supplies last:

Paper Carp Windsock

Colorful paper carp windsock hanging on a treeCarp streamers, or Koinobori, are traditionally flown in Japan to celebrate Kdomo no hi, a holiday known as Children's Day, celebrated on May 5th.

The Paper Carp Windsock take and make kits will be available at the following library branches, while supplies last:

Origami Crane

Colorful assortment of paper cranesCranes are said to live for 1,000 years, which is why folding 1,000 of them brings good luck, happiness, or a single wish. Senbazuru, the tradition of folding a thousand cranes, became popularized by the story of Sadako Sasaki, who folded 1,000 cranes when they found out they had leukemia due to radiation exposure, a result of the US dropping an atomic bomb on the city of Hiroshima. Sasaki is also a symbol for the devastating effects of nuclear war.

The origami crane take and make kits will be available at the following library branches, while supplies last:

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