Join us on Saturday, February 20 as we celebrate the Year of the Ox!  The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays in Asian heritage, often celebrated with big family gatherings, gift giving, the eating of symbolic foods, and displays of festive decorations–all focused on bringing good luck for the New Year and celebrating the imminent arrival of spring.

Guests participating in lunar new year activities at the San Mateo County History Museum rotunda

Courthouse Docket Presentation

On February 20,  Redwood City Councilmember Jeff Gee in partnership with the Organization of Chinese Americans (OCA) San Mateo presented a panel discussion focused on the traditions associated with Lunar New Year.  OCA members participating included: Jenny Kaminsky, Selene Wong, Aimee Yan and Emily Gao.

The program was part of the History Museum’s Courthouse Docket series.

A young girl writes chinese calligraphy at Lunar New Year celebration at the San Mateo County History Museum

Hands-On Activities

Children’s crafts are posted below. Make paper lantern, assemble a lucky red envelope, craft New Year’s greetings, and create Tangram puzzles.

Lucky Red Envelope


Lucky Red Envelope Directions

Paper Lantern


  • Scissors
  • Something to color with (markers, crayons, paint)
  • Gluestick (or glue)
  • Ox Lantern template

Lantern Directions

New Year Greetings


New Year’s Greeting Directions