McDonald’s Celebrates Lunar New Year in the Metaverse in Partnership with Karen X Cheng

The McDonald’s Lunar New Year collaboration includes innovative features that integrate culture and technology for an interactive user experience.

Karen X Cheng wearing red earphones in front of McDonald's logo and a rabbit symbolizing Lunar New Year.
  • The McDonald’s Lunar New Year collaboration includes innovative features that integrate culture and technology for an interactive user experience.
  • The partnership with McDonald’s is Cheng’s first brand partnership celebrating her Chinese-American heritage.
  • The campaign continues the Golden Arches’ commitment to “celebrating culture and serving communities” as the Year of the Rabbit commences.

Global fast-food giant McDonald’s announced a creative collaboration with award-winning digital creator Karen X Cheng on January 12th, 2023.

The innovative digital campaign includes four main elements:

1) Creative designs by the collaborating digital creator, Cheng, recognizing her Chinese-American heritage.


2) An augmented reality (AR) Instagram filter that illustrates a 3D transition from the Year of the Tiger (2022) to the Year of the Rabbit (2023).

3) An AI-powered television commercial inspired by Cheng’s memories of celebrating the holiday.


4) A metaverse experience blending traditional Asian elements with futuristic influences in a virtual space.

Welcome to the future of lunar new year McDonalds ad.

Source: McDonald’s

The campaign is described as “the future of Lunar New Year” and enables anyone with a connected device to experience the cultural holiday through a “new lens.”

The collaboration offers a unique and interactive metaverse experience that enables users to engage with Lunar New Year festivities in new ways. It can potentially bridge the gap between tradition and technology.

A Celebration of Culture and Technology

The McDonald’s Lunar New Year campaign aims to incorporate next-generation technologies into McDonald’s culture in a way that is accessible to the global community.

McDonald’s has a history of celebrating culture and aiding communities via initiatives like youth development programs, community donations, and volunteer programs. The conglomerate makes efforts to recognize the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, among other groups.

McDonald’s celebrates momentous cultural occasions and endeavors to meet AAPI student necessities through programs like APA Next. Launched in 2021 with an emphasis on AAPI students, APA Next is just one way McDonald’s displays its commitment to ensuring AAPIs feel seen and heard.

The Lunar New Year partnership is not the first time McDonald’s has ventured into the Web3 space. McDonald’s minted its McRib limited NFT collection on OpenSea on November 1st, 2021, which is currently priced at 100 ETH (approximately $154,291.00).

On the Flipside

  • Though McDonald’s is fronting the initiative, it was created and driven by IW Group.
  • The collaboration invites fans to participate in a global cultural celebration to honor the legacy of the Lunar New Year.

Why You Should Care

Web3 technologies hold the key to empowering diverse communities. Companies like IW Group enable giants like McDonald’s to leap into the next generation.

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Monique Brelage

Monique Brelage is a South African cryptocurrency news reporter at DailyCoin focused on the Cardano (ADA) and Solana (SOL) ecosystems. She aims to convert complex topics into digestible and engaging news pieces for readers of all knowledge levels.   Before her journey with DailyCoin, Monique has immersed herself in the realm of NFTs and Web 3.0 since 2019. Her experience in multiple industries enables her to conduct critical analyses and convert it into her writing. She acknowledges the profound impact decentralization, Web 3.0 technology, and everything beyond will have on the future.   Monique completed a Bachelor of Communication from NWU in 2020. Her background in media studies, creative writing, and philosophy helped shape her method of news curation, thereby ensuring a broader perspective to help readers remain critical of what they see. Monique's articulation, writing quality, and work ethic are professional qualities she takes pride in.   Monique lives on a farm in South Africa with her partner and cat. She works on her NFT and tattoo art in her free time, and enjoys the natural world around her. She likes reading material that broadens her perspective, indie music, and video games to blow off some steam.