Updated for 2021
In 2021, the Lunar New Year also known as Chinese New Year, begins on Friday, February 12th. Families can celebrate the Year of the Ox with special events and festivities – most of them happening virtually.
Families can participate in the 2021 New Year Challenge – The Year of the Ox virtual run. “You can commit to compete 2.021 miles, 20.21 miles, or 202.1 miles between January 1st and February 28th, 2021.” Miles can be completed all at once or spread out. This is a virtual race, meaning you choose the course and time yourself. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Registration information is available online.
The Japanese American National Museum invites families to enjoy the Oshogatsu Virtual Family Festival – 2021 Year of the Ox. This virtual festival features “kid-friendly activities to celebrate the New Year!” There are many interactive activities available on JANM’s website.
Each year the City of Monterey Park hosts its annual Lunar New Year Festival. However, this year the city is celebrating differently. Families can find videos and activities online so you can still celebrate and learn about traditions and activities associated with Lunar New Year.
Christina Chu: Chinese Traditional Music Virtual Program
via Westchester-Loyola Village Branch Library
In celebration of Lunar New Year, the Los Angeles Public Library System invites families to enjoy a special show. On Saturday, February 6th families can enjoy a “virtual live Chinese traditional music performance.” Christina Chu will perform on her Guzheng. For the program link email [email protected].
In celebration of Lunar New Year, the USC Pacific Asia Museum hosts [email protected]: Melody of China on Saturday, February 13th at 1:30 pm. This virtual event will explore the “music and unique, traditional instruments of China.” A short question and answer session as well as a demonstration of percussion instruments will follow the performance. Register online for this free event.
Lunar New Year
Santa Monica Place
395 Santa Monica Pl., Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica Place commemorates the Year of the Ox from February 12th through February 27th. The shopping center will be offering a safe and socially-distanced way to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Families will find red and gold lanterns and decorations, takeaway keepsake craft kits for kids, “cherry blossom Wishing Trees will be available for well-wishers to hang their wish for prosperity and renewal for the New year,” and more.
The Chinese American Museum, in partnership with the Los Angeles Public Library, is hosting a Kids Story Time on January 20th, 2021. Children’s Librarian, Rita Law, will be reading and sharing the Chinese folk tale of The Great Race. “Learn how the Chinese Zodiac came to be as Miss Rita tells the ancient tale through beautifully illustrated books and fun finger puppets!” Registration information is available online.
Lunar New Year Red Envelope Giveaway
100 Citadel Dr., Los Angeles, CA 90040
Citadel Outlets invites families to shop and celebrate Lunar New Year. From February 5th through February 21st, “Citadel Outlets will be honoring the ancient ‘Red Envelope’ gifting tradition.” Red envelopes are a traditional gift “symboling good luck and well wishes for the New Year.” Shoppers will find their envelopes filled with special promotions.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year on Saturday, February 6th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm PT. “Asia Society rings in the New Year with performances and traditional craft activities inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia.” The festivities include a Chinese Zodiac Puppet Show, dragon dance,, and more. Check the website for a schedule of events and information on how to view the Festival.
Lunar New Year Celebration at the Beverly Center
8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles 90048
For the eighth year in a row, Beverly Center is celebrating Lunar New Year with spending incentives, art installations, special offerings, virtual celebrations, and more! Starting Monday, January 25, view larger than life art installation to celebrate the Year of the Ox created by local artist Lyvian Dao in Grand Court on Level 6. Plus follow along on Instagram @beverlycenter for Chinese Zodiac readings, cultural storytelling and more throughout January and February.
The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company is hosting a three day virtual celebration of dance and music to commemorate the Year of the Ox. The festivities, designed for children ages 6-15, are scheduled for Thursday, February 11th, Friday, February 12th, and Saturday, February 13th. Enjoy performances of their Lion Dance and the Dragon Dance which “celebrate the coming of the spring and the harmony between nature and humankind.” Check the website for details.
Each year, the city of San Gabriel hosts its popular Lunar New Year Festival. This year, the Festival will be a virtual event. Families can celebrate the Year of the Ox from the comfort of home. Check the website for more information as it becomes available.
The Staten Island Museum invites families to join its “Korean Lunar New Year – At Home!” event on Friday, February 12th. Families will find a downloadable interactive guide to help “bring the traditions of Seollal (Korean Lunar New Year) right into your own home!” You’ll find information about recipes, games, videos, and more. Check the website for registration information. (A $5 donation is recommended.)
Lunar New Year 2021: A Virtual Celebration is happening on February 12-13, 19, and 26. “2021 is the Year of the Ox, considered an honest, dependable, and determined animal representing patience and achieving goals through consistent effort.” Asia Society Texas Center invites families to enjoy performances, art and craft activities, cooking demonstrations, and more. Check the website for a schedule of events.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Chinese Cultural Institute, and the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China host a Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration happening on Saturday, February 13th beginning at 7:00 am PST. “Enjoy streamed video performances and demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafts and Lunar New Year traditions.” Register online for this free event.
Celebrate the Year of the Ox with a free, three-day, virtual celebration from February 11th through February 13th. “Enjoy a broadcast of cultural dances, musical performances, crafts, and food demonstrations that showcase the breadth of Lunar New Year traditions across the world.” Check the website for a schedule of events.
Families are invited to Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a special online event happening on Friday, January 29th from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm PST. Families will learn a “lucky New Year greeting in Chinese, then you will learn how to make rice balls, a special dish to share for the Lantern Festival that closes festival celebrations in China.” Register online for this free Zoom event.
The Santa Clara City Library is hosting an online Lunar New Year Puppet Show on Saturday, January 30th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. “Based loosely on an old Chinese tale, this is the story of a young girl who is given a magic brush that can make anything she paints come to life!” The show also features a “traditional dragon dance, authentic Chinese provincial music, and lots of surprises.” Register online for this free event.
Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop is happening on Saturday, February 20th from 7:00 am to 7:45 am PST. “From toys to tiles, see how artists have been inspired by oxen for generations and how Smithsonian conservators preserve these artworks. Then create your own ox masterpiece to ring in the new year.” This workshop is designed for children ages three to eight. Register online for this free event.
Enjoy a Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration on Thursday, February 11th from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. This special event will feature “education and entertainment, from introducing how various Asian cultures celebrate the Lunar New Year, showing an amazing Lion Dance performance, to ending with a cooking tutorial of a traditional holiday dish.” Register online for this free event.
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Wendy Kennar is a mother, writer, and former teacher who has lived her entire life in the same Los Angeles zip code. You can read more from Wendy at http://www.wendykennar.com where she writes about books, boys, and bodies (living with an invisible disability).