VIRUTAL Chinese New Year Celebration

Bringing the annual Chinese New Year celebration to you virtually!

The Lunar New Year is the most celebrated holiday in China. In 2021 it begins on February 11, the last day of the Year of the Rat. February 12 is the first day of the Year of the Ox. Festivities conclude with the Lantern Festival celebrated on February 26. On New Year’s Eve, families gather to ring out the old year and ring in the new by eating a dinner composed of foods eaten to ensure good luck. 

This webpage introduces several traditional Chinese New Year activities that usually occur at the Museum, such as family-friendly art activities, cooking demonstrations, the Norton's annual Dragon Dance performance, and highlights of works of art in the Norton’s Chinese collection, and even a pdf on Chinese New Year fare.

On Friday, February 12, in celebration of the first day of the Year of the Ox, there will be a limited number of Year of the Ox Lanterns available at Visitor Services upon request while supply lasts. These lanterns were donated by the Shin Kong Bank of Taiwan, Taiwan Foreign Ministry, and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Council, Miami.

We hope you will enjoy it.


Art Activities

Chinese New Year activities for your family to enjoy from home! Download coloring sheets, cutouts, and other projects to bring our annual celebration to your kitchen table! 

Chinese Seal Making Activity

Chinese seals are stamps used to mark important documents, pieces of art, or contracts. Typically, they are carved into stone and often dipped into red ink. In this activity learn to make your Chinese seal!

Materials & Instructions

Ox Lantern

Make an Ox Lantern to display during the Chinese New Year to symbolize the wish for a bright future! 

Materials & Instructions

Fu Character Activity

Chinese paper cutting is a traditional folk art form used in many festivities in China, especially during the Chinese Lunar New Year. Create our own version of paper cut-outs and good luck charms. 

Materials & Instructions

Dragon Roof Ridge Coloring Sheet

Coloring sheet for Roof-Ridge Fascia Panels with Molded and Applied Decoration of Dragons among Peonies, circa 1550s


Sake Flask Coloring Sheet

Coloring sheet for "Shonzui"- Style Gourd - Shaped Sake Flask (Tokkuri), circa 1621-1644