Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat

Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat

Lunar New Year: Year of the Rat

Presented by Super Cao Nguyen

Sponsored by Confucius Institute at OU and THN Insurance 

  • Saturday, February 1, 11 am-2 pm
  • Visitor Lobby, Lower Lake, & Water Stage
  • Children 12 & under get free admission from 11 am – 2 pm

Celebrate Lunar New Year in the Gardens with our partners, Super Cao Nguyen. Enjoy face painting, music, cultural presentations, crafts for kids, and a special performance from the Lion Dancers. Later, join the Lion Dancers in a parade through the Gardens.


Schedule of performances

  • 11:40-11:55 am
    Golden Tiger Martial Arts Studio, Martial Arts Demonstration
  • 12-12:15 pm
    YMCA of Greater OKC, Traditional 24 form Tai Chi demonstration
  • 12:25-12:30 pm
    Little Miss Vietnam Olivia Tran will be performing with her dance group
  • 12:35-12:40pm
    Miss Vietnam International UCO, Vy Vo, on behalf of the Vietnamese Student Association at UCO will be performing with the Vien Minh Buddhist youth group
  • 12:50-1 pm
    Confucius Institute at OU, Slater Rhea will sing Swan Goose and Chinese Girl
  • 1-1:05 pm
    OU’s School of Music presents a violin and viola duet performing a traditional Chinese song named “Butterfly Lovers”
  • 1:15-1:30 pm
    Hung Viet Lion Dance Association, Lion Dance Performance
  • 1:30-1:30 pm
    Hung Viet Lion Dancers lead a parade around the lower lake

South Lobby schedule, 11 am-2 pm

  • Kaleidoscope Arts Face painting and Henna
  • Wine and Palette Painting pop-ins
  • Malcolm Zachariah Origami workshop
  • Yusuke Calligraphy
  • Lunar New Year crafts
  • Shaker craft
  • Year of the rat mask
  • Red envelope decorating
  • Lunar New Year coloring sheets
  • Photo station
  • Tshirts for sale @ $15 each
  • Free entrance to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory for ages 12 and under
  • Conservatory Lunar New Year scavenger hunt (self-led & included with admission)

Slater Rhea

Slater is an American singer, songwriter and TV personality on national TV in China with millions of fans in China. He is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. In recent years, he has been referred to in Chinese and international media as a cultural ambassador and “musical diplomat” because of his background in international relations and dream to improve U.S.-China relations through his music and performances.