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Chinese New Year celebrations in Chinatown

(HawaiiNewsNow) - This year Chinese New Year falls on February 14th, Valentine's Day. But Chinatown is celebrating early. Narcissus queen Angie Zhang joins us this morning with the details.

61st Annual Narcissus Festival and Choy Cheng, Traditional Lion Dance Blessing, and Chinatown Open House

Friday, February 5, 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
In Chinatown and at Chinatown Cultural Plaza
Open to the public, free
Presented by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

The evening begins at 76 N. King St. with the traditional Chinese lion dance blessing – Choy Cheng. The Narcissus Queen and her court will visit Chinatown businesses and their patrons. Stores celebrate by lighting firecrackers and offering lisee (good luck money envelopes) to the dancing lions. Meanwhile, the Chinatown Open House celebration takes place at the Chinatown Cultural Plaza, with food vendors, arts and crafts booths, and entertainment.

Chinatown Open House, Day Two

Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
At the Chinatown Cultural Plaza
Open to the public, free
Presented by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii

Food vendors provide an assortment of Chinese ethnic favorites, including jai (vegetarian monk's food), gin doi (Chinese doughnut), gau (New Year pudding), and jook (rice soup). Entertainment includes ethnic dance troupes, local musical groups, and martial arts and weapons demonstrations. 

Night in Chinatown Festival

Saturday, February 6, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
On Maunakea Street
Open to the public, free
Presented by the Chinatown Merchants Association

On Maunakea Street and Smith Street. This all-day block party features booths with home-cooked Asian food and traditional New Year's arts and crafts, as well as, entertainment on two stages with martial arts, cultural demonstrations, and Chinese lion and dragon dance performances. This is the last opportunity to purchase special food or items to welcome the Lunar New Year.

Night in Chinatown Parade

Saturday, February 6, 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Begins on Hotel Street at the State Capitol and proceeds to Maunakea Street
Open to the public, free.
Presented by the Chinatown Merchants Association

Parade begins on Hotel Street at the State Capitol and proceeds to Maunakea Street. Participants include Festival Queens and their courts, cultural organizations, kung fu martial artists, lion and dragon dance associations, including a special performance by a 150 foot dragon. For more information about this event, call Gifford Chang at (808) 306-4570 or Denton Chun at (808) 497-2670, or email hawaiichinatown@yahoo.com.

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