After the unprecedented and uncontrollable events of 2020, the stability associated with the incoming Lunar New Year of the Ox will be a welcome celebration.
The Lunar New Year is observed on Friday 12 February 2021 with celebrations around the world. This year is the Year of the Ox (1913, 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021). The 2021 Year of the Ox is considered to be lucky and a time to concentrate on relationships –  whether that’s family, friends or love.
According to the Chinese zodiac, the Ox is prized for being hardworking, kind and honest – they’re the low-key ones who get things done but don’t seek praise or the limelight. Those born in the Year of the Ox are considered to make great leaders due to their trustworthiness and logical nature.
Lunar New Year in the Valley coincides with the month-long BrisAsia Festival from 1-28 February 2021 with events, activities and festivities across Brisbane. Celebrations in the Valley kick off with a K-Pop Celebration pop-up shop of merch, albums and more at Elements Collective on Saturday 6 February, 11am–4pm.
On Saturday 13 February from 6-9pm, Chinatown Mall and various locations across the Valley will be transformed for Lunar New Year in the Valley celebrations and the festivities are both fun and free. Expect traditional events such as lion and dragon dances and firecracker displays alongside interactive workshops and roving street performers to welcome the Year of the Ox.
Why not book a table at one of the Valley’s top Asian restaurants to mark this auspicious occasion and enjoy a front-row seat to all the festivities?
Foodies also won’t want to miss BrisAsia Food Festival – a two-day feast from Saturday 20 February to Sunday 21 February 2021 with special menus from some of Brisbane’s best Asian restaurants. Check out the delectable offers and be sure to make a booking at 8848 Momo House, Curry ‘n’ Cask, Golden Palace Chinese Restaurant, Ling Lings Bar & Late Night Restaurant and Super Bowl Chinese Restaurant. Plus, learn how to make momos (Nepalese dumplings) with a dedicated class (bookings required) at 8848 Momo House on Saturday 20 February from 3-4pm.
Immerse yourself in Asian artistic expression at the free CreativeMornings Brisbane event on Friday 26 February from 7:30-9:30am at Elements Collective. Taiwanese-Australian ceramic maker Ruby Yeh will lead a discussion over morning tea with dancer Anita Perng and Singaporean musician Namira Rasman.
Also on Friday 26 February, from 5-9pm Elements Collective will host Cyber Night  – a free massive celebration of e-sports, which will also be live-streamed via Twitch.
Feast on the flavours and experience the vibrant cultures of Asia with Lunar New Year in the Valley celebrations and BrisAsia Festival events in the Valley.


– February 2021