A traditional dragon dance, fireworks show, red envelopes and authentic Chinese food were just a few things to do at a Southside eatery’s Lunar New Year celebration.
Dao Authentic Asian Cuisine, located on Airline Road, hosted the second annual event Thursday to celebrate the Year of the Metal Ox.
The Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) or Spring Festival begins Friday in China and lasts about two weeks. During that time, families come together for family reunions and share traditional dishes and rituals to kick off the new year with good luck.
Yalee Shih, owner of Yalee’s Asian Bistro, teamed up with the owners of Dao Authentic Asian Cuisine to host the event again this year to offer the community an opportunity to experience Chinese culture.
Shih, who’s been hosting events like this with the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Center for 20 years, said she wanted the event to be free and open to the public because not a lot of people can afford to see the “real thing” in China.
“We really wanted to expose families, especially children, to see and experience other cultures from around the world,” Shih said. “I believe that if we continue to share our unique cultures with each other, it well help clarify cultural misunderstandings and bring more peace to this world.”
What is the Year of the Metal Ox?
The Lunar New Year follows the lunar calendar, which is represented by a 12-year cycle (metal, wood, water, fire and earth) and each year is represented by a zodiac animal.
The zodiac animals include the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.
The year 2021 marks the Year of the Metal Ox, which is expected to bring career advancement, success in business, prosperity, and wellness for all zodiac signs, according to the Chinese Zodiac. This is the first Year of the Metal Ox since 1962.
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