Virtual 20th Annual Lunar New Year Celebration: Year of the Ox

OMCA stands in solidarity with our neighbors in Oakland Chinatown, the San Francisco Bay Area, and beyond. We condemn the rising violence and attacks towards Asian Americans and the compounded vulnerability of Asian American communities.

As we ring in the Lunar New Year and celebrate together, we invite you to join us to show your support. Sign up, wear yellow, bring your mask, and join Oakland Chinatown Coalition Safety walks/strolls this weekend to support Chinatown seniors and businesses. Let’s help keep each other safe.

February 2021

Celebrate the Year of the Ox with OMCA at Home during our Virtual 20th Annual Lunar New Year. Enjoy a series of short videos highlighting local and Taiwanese culture, a virtual storytime, and art activities for every generation of your family. 

Throughout the month of February, we’ll be sharing exciting ways for you and your family and friends to celebrate the Year of the Ox from home. Enjoy storytime with the Bay Area’s own popular children’s book author Oliver Chin reading stories about Chinese zodiac animals. Participate in fun at-home art projects for your family to make together, and tune in for a special video featuring OMCA Family Programmer Snowy Tung as she interviews family and friends in Taiwan to share their perspectives on celebrating Lunar New Year during the global pandemic.

This program is free for all. Videos available on the OMCA YouTube Channel.


February 12  Storytime with Oliver Chin
Join children's book author Oliver Chin as he reads stories about Chinese zodiac animals and their characteristics. Read along with your own copy of Chin's books, available online at the OMCA Store.


February 20

Family Art Activities 
Celebrate Lunar New Year by making your own festive crafts.

lunar new year red envelopes


lunar new year zodiac animal masks


February 27

Lunar New Year in Taiwan
Join OMCA Programmer Snowy Tung in Taiwan as she interviews family and friends to learn how they're celebrating Lunar New Year during the global pandemic.



Oliver Chin founded Immedium, a San Francisco publisher of Asian American children’s books. Oliver has written more than 15 stories, including his popular annual series "The Tales from the Chinese Zodiac". He published the original four adventures of "The Octonauts", which is now a hit animated TV series worldwide and broadcast on the Disney Channel in the USA. A magna cum laude graduate of Harvard, Oliver helped popularize anime and manga in America. Called "an expert on Pacific Rim pop culture" by the San Jose Mercury News, he regularly speaks at schools, libraries, and cultural events throughout the San Francisco Bay area.

Snowy Tung, Public Engagement Program Developer, serves the community through her work at the Oakland Museum of California where she has overseen OMCA Family Programs since 2003. In her work, Snowy draws on her extensive knowledge of the Bay Area’s cultural organizations and performing groups. OMCA’s Family Programs are valued for enabling intergenerational families to relate to each other in deep and meaningful ways. Snowy holds a BA in Film and Video from the California College of the Arts, and a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences.

1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021, 2033…An Ox year occurs every 12 years.

2021 is the Year of the Ox according to Chinese zodiac. This is the Year of Metal Ox and officially begins on February 12, 2021. Ox is the second in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac sign.

Those born in the Year of the Ox are hard working. The typical Ox is a stable, diligent, persistent, honest, and tolerant person.
In Chinese culture, Ox is a faithful friend that makes great contributions to the development of society. People born in the Year of the Ox are industrious, cautious, hold their faith firmly, and are always glad to offer help.

It is said that Ox ranks second in the Chinese zodiacs because it helped the Rat, but was later tricked by it. The myth goes that the Jade Emperor declared the order of zodiac signs would be based on the arrival order of 12 animals. Ox could have arrived first, but it kindly gave a ride to Rat. However, when arriving, Rat jumped ahead of Ox, and thus Ox lost the first place.


OMCA Festivals are made possible in part by generous support from the Oakland Museum Women’s Board.