Chinese new year draws near

“As the lanterns are lit and the dumplings are served, let me wish you and your family, wherever you are, a very happy and healthy New Year”, she said, before concluding her message in Chinese: “Xin Nian Kuai Le (Happy New Year)!”
The festival is open to the public from Thursday to Sunday 5pm to 10pm and last entry is at 9pm.A skilled pair of dancers must use careful coordination, based on several forms of martial arts, to control the timing of the ebb and flow of the lion during the dance. The plans have really come together and I’m proud that we’re able to welcome the Year of the Rooster on such a grand scale. This will be followed by speeches and a stage programme until 4pm, when the event is rounded off with the traditional Lion Dance and firecrackers.The celebration will be 11 a.m. -12:30 p.m.in the SSTU Dining Hall.There will also be a collaborative art-making project, starting at noon, in which participants can make a dragon scale, then add it to a dragon costume that will dance through the atrium at 3:30 p.m.After their performances, the Lunts will be signing their book of adventure stories with photographs from their travels, “10,000 Steps Straight Up: Inspirational Short Stories from Sacred Mountains”. Westerners play this game with a type of bean bag, which they keep aloft with their feet, while the Chinese play with a shuttlecock, which has feathers sticking out of it.

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Mr Song hopes the Year of the Rooster will inspire more people to buy either live roosters he has bred, or chicken meat from his farm. Hong Zhou will perform traditional music on the bamboo flute and erhu string instruments. But she says traditionally it’s a good idea to give your house a thorough clean on Friday before the New Year to rid it of any bad luck.Thais of Chinese descent nationwide started to shop food, fruits, and other goods to celebrate and mark the coming Chinese New Year this weekend. The lunar New Year begins on the second new moon following the winter solstice and ends two weeks later on the full moon.Custom also dictates Chinese families cook a lot of sweet food before the New Year, when the kitchen god makes an annual visit to an emperor in heaven.The Asian American Student Association will host a Chinese New Year celebration 6 p.m. February 2 at the Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center.The event is sponsored by Hawaii Tourism Authority and County of Maui Office of Economic Development.