Virtual Lunar New Year 2021! Celebrate the Year of the Ox

A Child Dressed in a Red Dragon Costume for a Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Celebrate the Lunar New Year, virtually!

For the Year of the Ox, watch traditional dance, make dumplings, create Chinese crafts and make an ox sculpture, at these family events and activities:

Lunar New Year Virtual Celebration (Smithsonian American Art Museum/SAAM Family Zone)

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America, and part of Lunar New Year DC, the Smithsonian American Art Museum invites you to ring in the Year of the Ox with streamed video performances and demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafts and Lunar New Year traditions.

(Saturday, February 13th at 10AM EST)

Two musicians play behind a Dragon for a Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration
(Image credit: Jeremy Norwood, Norwood Photography, 2020) via Smithsonian American Art Museum


Year of the Golden Ox Celebration
(Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company)

The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company hosts a 3-day celebration of dance and music for families, presenting some of the most treasured traditional dances performed at the Chinese New Year: The Lion Dance and the Dragon Dance.

“Originated during the Tang Dynasty more than 3,000 years ago, these dances celebrate the coming of the spring and the harmony between nature and humankind. Showcasing the diversity of the traditional and contemporary Chinese performing arts, the company will perform a colorful folk dance from the Xingjian Province, an area near Central Asia on the Silk Road and some of Nai-Ni and guest artist’s new creations.

(Thursday, February 11th to Saturday, February 13th)

A female dancer in a red outfit and two dancers in dragon costumes - for a Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration

Dumpling Making for Kids (Essex Market/Eat Gai)

Join Essex Market vendor Eat Gai for a live online dumpling making class for kids. (Families of all ages are welcomed to join.)

“Celebrate the Year of the Ox at Essex Market with a free virtual dumpling making class for kids!

Legend has it that the more dumplings you eat during Lunar New Year, the more prosperous your new year will be. So let’s bring good luck by wrapping (and eating!) our own homemade dumplings!”

(Saturday, February 13th at 11AM EST)

Two women makes dumplings at a market with a child looking on

Virtual STEAM Workshop: Lunar New Year (Lewis Latimer House Museum)

Participants will create ox sculptures using a bar of soap!

“We will apply some traditional sculpture techniques to make creative works of art. For the Year of the Ox, learn the foundation of sculpture!”

(Thursday, February 11th 3:30PM to 4:30PM EST)

Red poster with a black ox on it. White text reads "Lunar New Year Sculpture Workshop"

Family Day: Virtual Lunar New Year 2021 (Asia Society)

Asia Society will have a live webcast, on YouTube and Facebook that includes a Chinese zodiac puppet show, a musical performance, a Dragon Dance and a Kung Fu demonstration. (Download the activity sheets from their site)

(Saturday, February 6th at 1:00PM EST)

A Child Dressed in a Red Dragon Costume for a Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration