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Lunar New Year

What is Lunar New Year?

Lunar New Year is the celebration of the beginning of a new year on the lunisolar calendar– dates are determined by the moon (lunar) and the sun (solar). This holiday is the most important holiday in many Asian cultures and is celebrated in China, Vietnam, South Korea, Japan, Mongolia, and many other Asian communities around the world. 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon!

The Year of the Dragon

Each Lunar New Year is also represented by a cycle of 12 animals of the zodiac, and 2024 is the Year of the Wood Dragon! The Wood Dragon is a highly revered symbol in Chinese culture and represents strength, good fortune, and success. As a result, 2024 is expected to be a year full of new opportunities, growth, and success!

What are common Lunar New Year festivities/traditions?

Elders gifting children red envelopes with crisp bills inside for good luck and prosperity throughout the new year

Setting off fireworks and firecrackers

Watching lion and dragon dances

Making lanterns

Decorating with and dressing in red and gold

Cooking and enjoying traditional Asian and Lunar New Year cuisines with friends and family


What are popular Lunar New Year foods?


Egg Rolls

Citrus Fruits

Sticky Rice Balls


Sesame Balls

Sticky Rice Cakes


How can I celebrate Lunar New Year in OKC?

Date: Saturday, Jan. 27, 2024

Time: Noon - 4 p.m.

Location: ​​Dove Event Center (1620 SW 89th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73159)

  • Oklahoma City University Lunar New Year Celebration

Date: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2024

Time: 6 - 8 p.m.

Location: Outside the Caf within the University Center

  • The University of Oklahoma Asian American Student Association Lunar New Year

Date: Feb. 8, 2024

Time: 6 - 9 p.m.

Date: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Location: Myriad Gardens (301 W. Reno, Oklahoma City OK 73102)

Date: Saturday, Feb. 10, 2024

  • Time:

Silent Disco 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

Dance Party 10 p.m. - 2 a.m.

Location: Terra Stone in the Plaza District (1745 NW 16th St, STE B, Oklahoma City, OK 73106)

  • Lunar New Year Celebration Game with the OKC Thunder vs LA Clippers

Date: Feb. 22, 2024

Time: 7 p.m.

Location: Paycom Center


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