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Chinese New Year in Columbus 2021

Colorful annual festivities at Ohio State University and around Columbus

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Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates.

Columbus with its large student community offers plenty of options to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Experience firecrackers, lion dances, and delicious holiday foods all over the city. The largest celebration is hosted by the Ohio State University at Hagerty Hall. It features a lion dance, calligraphy demonstrations, Chinese cultural displays, music, and various performances. Of course, there's also traditional Chinese food to try.

In addition to that, many Chinese restaurants in Columbus host their own celebrations and specials. China Dynasty in Arlington features the lion dance performance. Hunan Lion, Sunflower Chinese Restaurant, Sun Tong Luck Asian Cuisine, and Peking Dynasty prepare a wide range of special dishes to celebrate Chinese New Year.

Molly Woo’s Bistro at the Polaris Fashion Place and Ching Ter Maitreya Temple also typically hold some festive performances that include lion dances and family-friendly activities.