Ways for Families to Celebrate the Chinese New Year in 2022, the Year of the Tiger

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Whether you and your family regularly celebrate or are interested in learning more about this holiday, The Chinese New Year is a great opportunity to celebrate a colorful Chinese tradition. Chinese New Year is also known as Spring Festival or Lunar New Year, and it’s one of China’s biggest celebrations. The Chinese New Year’s Day is February 1, 2022 and the celebration culminates with the lantern festival on February 15, 2022. We’ve found some grrr-eat ways to help you ring in the Year of the Tiger as a family, whether you regularly celebrate or you are exploring this holiday for the first time.

Chinese New Year celebration for kids at Navy Pier in Chicago
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2022 Chinese New Year Celebrations in Chicagoland

Lunar New Year Family Zone (Materials for an At-Home Celebration)
Celebrate the Lunar New Year online with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. They have everything you need for a party at home: crafts, videos, and coloring.

Lunar New Year Celebration (Virtual)
January 27, 2022 | 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Glen Ellyn Public Library is hosting a virtual lunar new year celebration will creating origami. Fun for all ages. Registration required for the zoom link.

Jewel Osco Chinese New Year
January 29, 2022| 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
5343 North Broadway 
Chicago, IL 60640
Chefs will show you how to prepare delicious food and drink recipes for the upcoming holiday, share about the holiday’s history, and more. Lion dance performance and live traditional music from Chinese multi-instrumentalist, Kerry Leung for people to enjoy. Requires advance registration.

Chinese New Year Online Family Festival 2022 (Virtual)
January 29, 2022 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (ET)
 Register online- the participation link will be provided in advance- and gather materials to experience our immersive, engaging, cultural activities! Free to the public. Registration is required for virtual links.

Lunar New Year Celebrations (Naperville)
Month of February 2022
Naperville Public Library
Solve a riddle inside one of the hanging lanterns. Earn a red packet and a stamp for each solved riddle. Collect stamps to be placed in a drawing to win a prize! Grades K – 5.

Nichols Library Program Room
February 1, 2022 | 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Celebrate the Lunar Year, a festival typically celebrated in China and other Asian countries that begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar, with crafts and a storytime. Grades K – 5

Fashion Outlets of Chicago (Rosemont) – Lunar New Year
February 1-14, 2022
Visit concierge services on Level One, near Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, to receive a special red envelope with a free savings pass and exclusive Lunar New Year offers and services from participating retailers.

DePaul 2021 Chinese New Year Celebration
February 8-9, 2022 | Times Vary
Depaul University Lincoln Park Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave. Suite 303
Chicago, IL 60614
DePaul students put on this family-friendly event with Lunar New Year performances. Live performances, prepackaged food, new year cultural activities to help you celebrate the traditional holiday celebrated across the world. No RSVP needed.

The Chinese Zodiac and You (Virtual)
February 10, 2022 | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Mount Prospect Public Library invites everyone to understand the Chinese New Year with learning your zodiac sign and how it affects your life. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.

Chinese-American Museum of Chicago – Chinese New Year Celebration
February 13, 2022 | 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
4th Street and Wentworth Avenue to Chinatown Square
Chicago, IL 60616
This year’s event will take place in Chinatown in Chicago. Performances include lion dancing, musical performances, calligraphy, storytelling, and more. 

Chinese New Year Customs to Share with Your Family

Chinese New Year activities include:

  • Putting up decorations. Red is the main color of the festival. Decorate your house with lanterns, use calligraphy, poetry, and plants to express hopes for happiness and prosperity. 
  • Eating reunion dinner with family. What holiday would be complete without a feast? The reunion dinner is an important custom for the family to be together. The reunion dinner is known as the most important family dinner of the year. Check out these ideas for food and drinks!
  • Giving red envelopes and other gifts.  The red envelope gifts are believed to bring good luck, because they are red. Instead of the traditional money gift, have your family write a New Year’s message to each other in red envelopes.

Is there a Chinese New Year celebration we may have missed? Please share in the comments! If you’re on the lookout for more fun things to do with your family, we’ve got you covered at Kidlist.

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