Lunar New Year 2021: A Virtual Celebration
UPDATE (February 22, 2021): Due to last week's power outages in Houston and across Texas, we have rescheduled content and activities originally planned for February 19 in order to expand our final weekend of virtual Lunar New Year activities. Thank you for joining us!
Asia Society at Home
2021 is the Year of the Ox, considered an honest, dependable, and determined animal representing patience and achieving goals through consistent effort. Join Asia Society Texas Center in virtually welcoming the Year of the Ox with performances, art and craft activities, and food inspired by Lunar New Year traditions across Asia!
Our two weeks of celebrations will feature new online content released on February 12–13, 19, and 26. Activities include learning how to make dumplings, making an Ox hat, viewing dance and musical performances, and watching a traditional lion dance.
The virtual festival is FREE and open to the public, and all are welcome to participate and engage as a wider community.
At a Glance
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Lunar New Year At-Home Kit
[UPDATE: As of February 13, our Activity Kits are sold out. Thank you for your interest!]
Purchase our fun Activity Kits for convenient access to all the supplies you'll need for the full two weeks of crafts and activities! Kits include:
- Craft materials for Lunar New Year activities
- Red envelope
- Stuffed Ox
- Handkerchief or Fan for an interactive dance
- 2021 calendar
- Various Asian snacks
- Plus a couple of surprises!
Activity Kits are $25 each. Available while supplies last and for local pickup only. Kits purchased online can be picked up at Asia Society Texas Center starting Friday, February 5.
Join us each day at 10 a.m. or sign up to receive reminder emails as new content is released! Activities are free and open to all.
February 26, 2021
UPDATE (February 22, 2021): Due to last week's power outages in Houston and across Texas, we have rescheduled the content originally planned for February 19 and are expanding our final weekend of virtual Lunar New Year activities. Thank you for your understanding and for joining us!
Learn how Kuen Noodle House in Bellaire's Asiatown makes handmade noodles, which are traditionally eaten during the Lunar New Year:
Celebrated on the 15th day of the first lunar month, the Lantern Festival marks the end of the Lunar New Year festivities. Join us in making your own lantern to celebrate at home:
Download the red envelope template and craft instructions here »
Listen to the story Celebrating the Lantern Festival to learn more about Lantern Festival history and traditions:
Watch a Chinese calligraphy demonstration by Huaxing Arts Group:
Read our new edition of our zine Passage, which highlights the winners of our Lunar New Year Art Contest in partnership with Houston ISD, shares an at-home craft, and features interviews with Huaxing Arts Group and Houston Shaolin Kung Fu Academy:
February 27, 2021
Take a tour of a local Vietnamese Buddhist temple, Teo Chew Temple:
- Make your own Ox art following a demonstration by teaching artist Vehishta Kaikobad.
- See the lion dance masks created by students at HISD's Mandarin Immersion Magnet School!
- Celebrate the end of the Lunar New Year period with a final dance performance by Huaxing Arts Group.
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Major support for Education & Outreach programs at Asia Society Texas Center comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., and The Houston Endowment. Additional funding also provided by the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, as well as through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions to Asia Society Texas Center.
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About Asia Society at Home
We are dedicated to continuing our mission of building cross-cultural understanding and uplifting human connectivity. Using digital tools, we bring you content for all ages and conversations that matter, in order to spark curiosity about Asia and to foster empathy.
About Asia Society Texas Center
With 13 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading educational organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and West. Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovative, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.
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