9:30 Coffee Break: Lunar New Year

The Moon
A view taken from the Moroccan capital Rabat on July 13, 2014, shows a full moon, with volcanic domes and impact craters. (Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

Today is February 19 — the Lunar New Year. The lunar calendar is based on the cycles of the moon, and it is the calendar followed most famously in China, where New Year celebrations last for seven days.

This year in China, there is some debate as to whether it is the year of the sheep, goat or ram — the latter two being harbingers of luck and success, and therefore preferable to the more docile sheep.

Beyond China, observations of the Lunar New Year are celebrated in at least 119 countries; for example, yesterday evening, New York City celebrated the end of the previous Lunar Year with a fireworks display, and today's Google homepage features an animation in honor of Lunar New Year.

So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking, what songs would you like to hear that mention or are about the moon?

Songs Played


Dean Martin - "That's Amore"

Phantogram - "Howling at the Moon"

Nick Drake - "Pink Moon"

Beck - "Blue Moon"

Echo and the Bunnymen - "The Killing Moon"

Do you deserve a Coffee Break? Jill and Steve think you do and want to bring treats from Gigi's Café to your workplace. You'll also be treated to the music of local singer-songwriter Chris Koza! Send us an email: CoffeeBreak@thecurrent.org.


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