Lunar New Year is a time to set aside the old while welcoming the new. As many people across the country anticipate the Year of the Ox, in the spirit of celebrating new beginnings and the start of the lunar calendar, McDonald’s has partnered with 88rising, a leading global Asian artist collective, to create the Golden Start experience for customers and fans. This experience is a collection of three digital moments that will shine a spotlight on Lunar New Year while remixing holiday traditions.

The Golden Start experience will include:

Premiering Feb. 12, a virtual concert by Chinese hip-hop artist Masiwei that will broadcast exclusively on the McDonald’s App

Starting Feb. 8, an IGTV mini-series featuring Korean American hip-hop artist and actor Dumbfoundead to highlight beloved Lunar New Year traditions

Available Feb. 8, custom, branded red envelopes to help people share good fortune with others that will be available on the 88rising Night Market online store

On February 12, the first day of Lunar New Year, McDonald’s is hosting a virtual mini-concert with 88rising Chinese hip-hop artist, Masiwei. For the first time ever, Masiwei will perform songs from his upcoming solo album, “Dark Horse.” Fans who download the McDonald’s App can watch this concert exclusively on the App from 7 pm – 9 pm local U.S. time*.

“I’m a big fan of McDonald’s, so it’s super cool to partner with the Golden Arches to celebrate the new year with a special concert, and more,” said Masiwei, who is also a member of Chinese hip-hop group, Higher Brothers. “As one of my favorite holidays, I always look forward to the new year, and I’m sure this one will be even more memorable for me and my fans.”

As a celebration that spans several days, in addition to the Masiwei concert, McDonald’s and 88rising Korean-American hip-hop artist and actor Dumbfoundead, with special guests, will share his favorite holiday traditions through an online mini-series. Starting Feb. 8, fans can tune in to IGTV to hear Dumbfoundead’s fresh take on such beloved traditions as cleaning and decorating the house, swapping old clothes for new, and playing festive games.

“We’re excited to celebrate Lunar New Year with Masiwei and Dumbfoundead, two brand fans and awesome artists, who share our commitment to honoring the meaningful traditions of our guests,” says Elizabeth Campbell, McDonald’s Senior Director of Cultural Engagement. “We know the importance of the holiday and what it represents to many of our customers and can’t wait to kick off the Golden Start experience with some fun and unique moments and twists.”

No Lunar New Year is complete without red envelopes, so McDonald’s and 88rising have created 888 limited edition red envelopes that pay homage to the lucky number eight. Traditionally filled with money and given to friends and family for luck and prosperity, these red envelopes will be available with any purchase** on the 88rising Night Market online store  beginning Feb. 8. Each red envelope will include two $8 McDonald’s Arch Cards, one to enjoy and one to share, to honor the tradition of sharing good fortune with others. This is the fourth year that McDonald’s has created custom red envelopes to celebrate the time-honored tradition.

Celebrating Lunar New Year is one of the many ways McDonald’s is serving our communities and customers. We know there’s a difference between being in a community and being part of one. As good neighbors, McDonald’s is committed to sharing in the important moments of the communities we operate in.

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