A lion costume stands in front of the authentic Asian cuisine of Dao during the New Year celebrations on Thursday, February 11, 2021.  The restaurant had a lion dance, red envelopes, and dumplings to celebrate the year of the ox.

A traditional dragon dance, fireworks display, red envelopes, and authentic Chinese food were just a few things to do at a Southside restaurant’s New Year celebration.

Dao Authentic Asian Cuisine on Airline Road hosted the second annual event on Thursday to celebrate the year of the metal hole.

The Lunar New Year (Chinese New Year) or Spring Festival begins on Friday in China and lasts for about two weeks. During this time, families come together for family reunions and share traditional dishes and rituals to start the new year with good luck.

Yalee Shih, owner of Yalees Asian Bistro, has teamed up with the owners of Dao Authentic Asian Cuisine to host the event again this year and offer the community the opportunity to learn about Chinese culture.

Dumplings are seen in Dao Authentic Asian Cuisine during the Lunar New Year, Thursday February 11, 2021.  The restaurant distributed dumplings to those attending the event.

Shih, who has hosted events like this with the Texas State Museum of Asian Cultures and Education Centers for 20 years, said she wanted the event to be free and open to the public because not many people can afford the “real thing.” “to see” in China.

“We really wanted to expose families, especially children, to see and experience other cultures from around the world,” Shih said. “I believe that if we continue to share our unique cultures, it will help clear up cultural misunderstandings and bring more peace to this world.”

What is the year of the metal hole?

Red envelopes will be issued during the Lunar New Year, Thursday, February 11, 2021.  The envelopes are traditionally filled with money in order to have good luck in the coming New Year.

The lunar new year follows the lunar calendar, which is represented by a 12-year cycle (metal, wood, water, fire and earth) and each year by a zodiac animal.

The zodiac animals include the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, and pig.

The year 2021 marks the year of Metallochsen, which according to the Chinese zodiac should bring career progress, business success, prosperity and well-being for all zodiac signs. This is the first year of metal punching since 1962.

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