Lunar New Year: Common Traditions You Should Know

Although many of us celebrated the New Year a month ago, those celebrating the Lunar New Year will soon ring in 2022.

From dragon dances to family reunions to exchanging red envelopes, many Asian communities in Oklahoma City and around the world celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Jenny Statler, leader of the OKC Asian community, recalls the importance of the holiday for her and her family.

“Whether you call it Lunar New Year, Chinese New Year or Vietnamese New Year,” Statler said. “Just understanding the meaning and importance of family on this day is really all that matters.”

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important celebrations among East and Southeast Asian cultures, including Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean communities.

The holidays last 15 days. Each year of the lunar calendar is represented by one of the 12 zodiac animals – 2022 is the year of the tiger.

“The regular schedule runs from January 1 through December 31,” Statler said. “Lunar New Year is based on the lunar calendar, so the New Year is a different day every year.”

Many families celebrate by preparing special dishes that they only eat once a year.

Another popular tradition is the exchange of red envelopes representing wealth and prosperity – these include money granted by an elder.

Statler says the celebrations aren’t just for Asians, they’re open to everyone.

If you missed the Lunar New Year celebration at Myriad Gardens, here are some other upcoming Lunar New Year celebrations:

FREE Online Lunar New Year Story Time with the Downtown Library. Enjoy songs, stories and interactive rhymes from the comfort of your home. Registration required.

Lion Dance at Super Cao Nguyen

Saturday, February 5: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, February 6: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

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