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Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023

How do you celebrate the beginning of a new year? In the United States, we celebrate the New Year on Dec31 and Jan1, but in many Asian countries the Lunar New Year is also observedThe Lunar New Year is the most important celebration of the year in China and for Chinese people all over the world. People from Vietnam, Korea, Tibet, Singapore, Laos, Cambodia, and Thailand also celebrate the Lunar New Year. It is a time for thinking about the past, honoring ancestors, and making preparations for a successful year to come.  

The Lunar New Year begins on the first new moon of the first month of the lunar calendar and ends two weeks later with the full moon. The exact date of the Lunar New Year changes each year according to the lunar and solar calendarsensuring that it can remain in January or February. The 15-day celebration begins on the evening before the start of the new lunar year.  

Across Asia and the Asian diaspora, people mark the Lunar New Year with similar traditionsCleaning the house; paying off debts; purchasing new, brightly colored clothing; and placing symbols of good luck around the home are common preparations for Lunar New Year celebrationsPreparing and sharing food is another thread that ties together Lunar New Year celebrations across the world.  

How do you prepare for and celebrate the New Year?  

Explore the resources below to learn more about how the Lunar New Year is celebrated around the world. 


The museum celebrates cultures from across Asia all year long. Learn more about our other Cultural Celebrations.

Organizers & Sponsors

Cultural Celebrations are made possible by Bank of America. 

Sustained support for the Asian Art Museum’s Lunar New Year Celebration is generously provided by the following endowed funds:
John S. and Sherry H. Chen Endowed Fund for Chinese Art and Programming
Arlene Schnitzer Endowed Fund for Chinese Art