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Lunar New Year Celebration & Outreach

For Lunar New Year, we are distributing free activity kits across campus so you can still celebrate Lunar New Year while practicing social distancing.

Pick up locations & dates for 2022

  • Asian American Cultural Center Jan 31-Feb 11
  • BIF Atrium Feb 1 (11am-3:00pm)
  • SDRP/Ikenberry Commons Feb 1 5-6:30pm
  • McKinley Health Center Jan 31-Feb 4
  • Undergraduate Library Jan 31-Feb 11
  • Gies Program Offices Feb 1-4
  • University YMCA Jan 31-Feb 4
  • Family & Graduate Housing Feb 4-6
  • Illini Union (Courtyard Cafe Trivia Tuesday) Feb 8
  • ISR Feb 7-10 PAR Feb 7-10
  • Nugent Hall Feb 7-10

Share this activity kit event with your friends! Facebook Event Link . Paid for by SCPF and the generous support of our campus partners. 

Lunar New Year 2022 - Year of the Tiger

The Asian American Cultural Center partners with University of Illinois dining in presenting an annual Lunar New Year-themed dinner, which includes traditional food and desserts, and encourages student groups to perform as well as interact with students about the holiday as well. 

Theme Dinner Collaboration with University Dining
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - Ikenberry Commons SDRP, ISR, PAR
Activities from 5pm-6:30pm @ SDRP

Join the AACC, AAA, and AASHO for free craft activities
plus special performances by Jasmine Fields Orchestra and VSA lion dance team! 

Performance and art groups interested in being a part of our 2022 celebration can reach out to our Assistant Director, Jennifer at ( 
NOTE: The full LNY dinner menu is posted on the Illinois App and standard University Housing meal rates will apply. See for full details.


Lunar New Year 2022 - Year of the Tiger
Campus & Community Outreach 


Red Envelope

Red envelopes are gifts presented at social and family gatherings such as weddings or on holidays such as Lunar New Year. Inside you may find gifts of money or lucky coins. They are given out by elders to children or by married couples to single adults. The red color of the envelope symbolizes good luck and is supposed to ward off evil spirits. The packet is called hongbao in Mandarin, lei see in Cantonese, and li xi in Vietnamese, and sae bae don in Korean, although for Koreans the envelopes may not necessarily be red in color. This custom or ones similar to it, have been adopted by many countries including Vietnam, Korea, and Japan. Regardless of location, it is usually presented with a wish for a happy new year full of good health, longevity, and prosperity!

Paper Lantern Activity


To make the paper lantern, you will need a red envelope, a

pair of scissors, and either tape, glue or staples/stapler.

Step 1: Cut off the top of enclosure on the red envelope and set aside.

Step 2: Fold the red envelope in half length wise so the design is facing outside and crease it in.

Step 3: With the opening facing away from you, take the

scissors and cut slits in the red envelope stopping at half a cm or one cm from the top.

Step 4: Continue cutting slits throughout the length of the

red envelope.

Step 5: Bring one end of the red envelope to the other and

connect it together using tape, glue, or stapes. This will give it the lantern shape.

Step 6: For the handle, take the top of the enclosure you cut off in step 1 and fold it in half and curve it to shape it into a handle.

Then tape, glue, or staple it to the top of the paper lantern.


Please visit this link to watch the video on making a paper lantern using your red envelope



Campus Partners
Many thanks to our campus collaborators: 
International Education
College of Education
Gies College of Business
University Housing Dining Services
Illini Union Rec Room
Illini Union Board
McKinley Health Center
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Alpha Phi Omega
Sigma Psi Zeta sorority
Vietnamese Student Association
*Funded by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Broadening Inclusion Grant*
Lunar New Year Events on Campus
International Education's Global Engagement Lounge on February 10th, 2021
Lunar New Year Celebration, Wednesday, February 10, 4-5pm (Central Time)
Whether you call it Seollal, Tet, Losar, or Spring Festival, Lunar New Year is around the corner and we will celebrate it with you while you are away from home and family. Join us for fun activities about traditions, food, music, dress, games and more. Sign up here.

Lunar New Year Celebration


Illini Union Board Illinites on February 12th, 2021
Illinites, a campus and Illini Union monthly tradition, is back for spring 2021. Join our monthly campus party... in-person & virtually!
5-7PM | Bonus Event - Working with the Asian American Cultural Center to distribute Lunar New Year Red Envelope Craft. Lunar New Year display at Green Street entrance of building also up Friday, 2/12 to Friday, 2/26.

College of Education Global Getaway on February 17th, 2021 
Join our first education global getaway on February 17th! Take a virtual SPRING BREAK with the College of Education! Join afternoon and evening activities for you and your friends! Learn about upcoming study abroad, meet international teachers, visit classrooms abroad, and join us to cook an international feast! Register to receive the schedule!
Champaign County Elementary Schools Outreach
Lunar New Year is the most significant and widely celebrated holiday for many Asian cultures. It marks the beginning of a new year and is associated with a myriad of cultural traditions. The Lunar New Year Celebration program is a growing collaboration between the Asian American Cultural Center and local Champaign and Urbana elementary schools and libraries. While many children know about popular holidays, such as Thanksgiving, not many know about Lunar New Year. This program teaches local children and families about the cultural significance and history of Lunar New Year. It also engages college students in the community through civic engagement and sharing the wealth of their cultural backgrounds.