Three Lunar New Year invitations on a red background.

Lunar New Year (aka Chinese New Year, Tet, or Spring Festival) begins on the first new moon of the lunar calendar — in 2021, that day is Friday, February 12. Each new year is assigned an animal and an element. This year, we’ll ring in the Year of the Metal Ox, symbolizing success for those who work hard.

Due to COVID-19, many will celebrate Lunar New Year virtually, so we’ve gathered five tips for making your event memorable and fun:

Share a festive Lunar New Year Invitation.

Choose from invitations such as this one to get guests in the spirit or Evite’s Year of the Ox invitation. Catching up with family and friends is an important ritual for Lunar New Year, but with surging COVID-19 cases, it’s best to follow CDC guidelines and celebrate safely at-home. Luckily, Evite lets you easily turn any invitation into a virtual party with just one click! 

Decorate, decorate, decorate.

So much about Lunar New Year is about sprucing up your space for a prosperous new year. Red lanterns are used to drive away bad luck, and kumkquat trees signify wealth in the new year. If you are unable to go out and buy certain items or all of your decor is at a family member’s house, you can easily DIY your own paper lanterns.

Create a traditional table setting.

  • Serve citrus fruit. Tangerines, kumquats, and oranges are displayed and exchanged between family and friends, and eaten as they symbolize wealth and good luck.
  • Display orchids. The most popular Lunar New Year flower, the orchid, symbolizes abundance, luxury, and refinement. Orchids also make a fantastic centerpiece on your dining table.

Virtually share your Lunar New Year gifts.

Red envelopes are usually filled with money and given to children or unmarried adults. This year, you might consider sending a digital card in which you can either upload a personalized video with good wishes, send the recipient of your choice an eGift card, or deliver a gift from Amazon to share the wealth. Just make sure to pay attention to the color of both the gift and the wrapping — red, gold, and yellow bring good omens, while white, black, or blue gifts and packaging should be avoided.

Reserve time for conversations around your goals for the year.

February 12 marks the beginning of the Year of the Ox. The ox represents hard work, positivity, and honesty that is to be manifested in all of us for the following 12 months — something we all need for 2021! Honor the Ox during your celebration by sharing something you’re hoping to accomplish in 2021 and something you’re thankful for. An intimate, goal-sharing session, will help motivate your family and friends for the year to come!

We hope that your celebration is safe and that your loved ones enjoy a healthy and joyful holiday… Happy Lunar New Year!