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Here’s How To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Houston

Colby Smith Colby Smith

Here’s How To Celebrate Lunar New Year In Houston

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]

Chinese Community Center 2021 Virtual Lunar New Year Festival

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.

Le Colonial 

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.

Mala Sichuan Bistro

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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.

Phat Eatery

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.

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