The chapter celebrated Lunar New Year on Friday February 12th! Lunar new year is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the Chinese Calendar. It is also called the spring festival and is the most important of the traditional Chinese Holidays. The Chapters VP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Alara worked with the chapters’ chefs to elevate the planned meal for the day. Alara also worked to incorporate traditional items to celebrate the special day. Before/after each sister sat down tables were cleaned and placemats were set out at each space that explained the Chinese Zodiac. As members went through the buffet line (were they were individually served by severs per COVID-19 guidelines) they had the option to select a traditional red envelope. It is traditional to give the gift of the red envelope, known as hongbao to your friends and family. But not just any envelope. They are traditionally filled with money and symbolize good wishes and good luck for the new year ahead. The importance of hongbao isn’t the cash held inside; it is actually the envelope itself. The red color symbolizes good luck and prosperity. Instead of cash, inside each of the envelopes the ladies at Alpha Chi Omega received were either a slip directing members to select a piece of Alpha Chi Omega merchandise or a Chinese proverb. (note we have a select few that did have a $5 or $10 bill)
The VP PR & Marketing worked to provide educational posts on social media explaining the importance of the day and cultural celebrations to all who viewed our story.