It’s the year of the ox!
Due to the current circumstances, Lunar New Year Houston will not look like it has in previous years. Regardless, there’s still a number of ways to celebrate the holiday in Houston, both online and in-person. Read on to see how you can participate in the festivities this year. [Featured image: @macauphotoagency]
From Thursday, February 11, to Saturday, February 13, the Chinese Community Center will be hosting a free virtual festival in celebration of the Year of the Ox. The programming will include a variety of broadcasted musical performances, cultural dances, food demonstrations, prizes, crafts, and more. The broadcast will begin at 4 pm via the organization’s website on February 11 with a New Year’s Eve Reunion Dinner. For a full schedule of the events, visit their website here.
Houston’s lauded Vietnamese restaurant in River Oaks will be hosting a series of traditional lion dance performances in partnership with local non-profit, Soaring Phoenix, on Saturday, February 13. The first dance will take place at 3 pm in River Oaks District’s central plaza. The second dance will be performed inside the restaurant at 5:30 pm: “Guests will be able to witness the traditional dance of the lion complete with stunning customs, music and creative expression producing a celebratory dining experience,” the restaurant wrote in an Instagram post.
In honor of the holiday, the highly-acclaimed Mala Sichuan Bistro is holding a red envelope promotion. While supplies last, the restaurant will disperse a series of envelopes filled with varying amounts of Mala Cash – which customers will receive based on how much they spend on their dine-in or delivery order. Customers can then use their Mala Cash at the restaurant upon their next visit to receive a discount on their order.
From February 11 until February 21, the Malaysian street food restaurant in Katy will be offering a special Chinese New Year menu for dine-in and to-go orders. The menu includes their famous Prosperity Toss Salad – though it requires a 24-hour advance order. On February 13 and 14, the restaurant will be offering a special 6-course family-style Chinese New Year dinner at 11:30 am and 5:30 pm. Reservations cost $48 per person and include such dishes as their Prosperity Toss Salad, a dim sum platter, and charcoal-grilled pork. During the meals, the restaurant will host Lee’s Golden Dragon who will perform a traditional Lion dance.