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Happy Lantern Festival 2022! 元宵节快乐! Yuánxiāo Jié Kuàilè!

February 15th marks the Lantern Festival, a festival held each year on the fifteenth day of the first month in the lunisolar calendar. The Lantern Festival closes out Chinese New Year Celebrations, and honors the first full moon in the new lunisolar calendar.


While there are many different origin stories for this festival, one famous legend is that The Jade Emperor became angered with the people of a small village for killing his favorite bird, and planned to burn down their village in revenge. His daughter took pity on the villagers, and warned them of The Jade Emperor’s plans. To trick The Jade Emperor into thinking the village was already on fire and save their village, the villagers lit and carried red lanterns and lit firecrackers. To commemorate this legend, people celebrate by decorating with red lanterns, participating in lantern processions, and lighting firecrackers and fireworks, among many other things. 

Due to the recent COVID-19 Omicron spike, our annual lantern procession and celebration has been postponed to May when we will reconvene for an AAPI Heritage Month Celebration in Maggie Daley Park on Saturday, May 14th.

We wish you a very happy Lantern Festival, and look forward to celebrating together in May. A special thank you to all our supporters, including artists, volunteers, supporters, partners, and audience for their ongoing support. We look forward to celebrating together soon!

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新年快乐! Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! Happy Chinese New Year 2022!

Navy Pier Global Connections: Chinese New Year Celebration

Saturday, February 5th, 1:00 – 5:00pm,
Navy Pier AON Grand Ballroom


Usher in the Year of the Tiger with a Chinese New Year Celebration as Navy Pier’s AON Grand Ballroom is transformed into a delightful Chinese night market, and performances of lion dance, music, dance, drums, and more by Chicago’s finest practitioners of Asian performing arts.

Then browse local vendors, and enjoy celebratory arts and crafts, traditional food, and more!

Performances By:

Musical Performances By:

COVID Safety Protocol

Following the City of Chicago’s current COVID protocols, everyone in attendance above age 2 will be required to wear masks. Additionally, all attendees over the age of 5 must show proof of vaccination (those above age 16 must also show a valid form of ID).

Learn about Navy Pier’s COVID safety protocols here.

Interested in Volunteering?

Help support amazing, FREE Chinese cultural events in Chicago – Sign up below! Individuals, families, and small or large groups welcome! (please note, youth under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult) – any questions can be directed to [email protected]

Sign up to Volunteer Here!

Presented in partnership with Navy Pier and Choose Chicago.


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