Celebrate Chinese New Year with virtual events

Many residents will be celebrating the Year of the Ox on Feb. 12 as part of this year’s Chinese New Year festivities.

Though in-person events will not be taking place this year, organizations and community groups will be turning to virtual events to celebrate.

People who are born in 1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021 fall under the ox zodiac. People who hold this Chinese zodiac sign are said to be known for their hard-working personality and faithfulness to friends and family.

To celebrate the Year of the Ox, the Varley Art Gallery will be kicking off the festivities with LunarFest which will include several virtual activities for people of all ages. From Feb. 5 to Feb. 17, LunarFest activities will include family storytelling, a music showcase, an art gallery and a virtual dinner. There will also be six lanterns displayed outside of the gallery throughout the festival.

For more virtual celebrations, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Chinese Cultural Institute and the Embassy of People’s Republic of China will be hosting a free online stream of performances and traditional Chinese crafting demonstrations on Feb. 13.

These are just a few of the free online festivities taking place to celebrate Chinese New Year.

For more information on the culture and history behind this year’s celebrations, visit chinesenewyear.net.

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