The Lunar New Year is the most celebrated Asian festival in the world with the largest celebrations taking place in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Korea, and Malaysia. In 2021, the first day of the Lunar New Year is Friday, February 12, initiating the year of the Ox which exemplifies hard work and honesty. Nearly 160,000 Missourians identify as being of Asian descent and call Missouri home.
In previous years, Missouri’s Lunar New Year celebration included cultural performances of traditional songs, dances, and musical instruments held after the banner hanging ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many of the celebrations in Missouri will be celebrated virtually this year. For the first time, the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities from across Missouri have shared videos and photos for inclusion in a virtual statewide celebration. We hope the resources found here will help you to enjoy some of this year’s cultural performances and appreciate some of the Lunar New Year traditions here in Missouri.
To all our fellow Missourians, we wish you a Happy Lunar New Year.