Chinese New Year is an important traditional Chinese holiday celebrated at the turn of the Chinese calendar. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally run from Chinese New Year's Eve, the last day of the last month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year".
What better way to celebrate Chinese New Year than at one of the world’s biggest melting pots of culture! Maui is always a good idea when celebrating holidays from all over the world. This year locals celebrated the best way they know how, with food, family, friends, and Chinese celebrations.
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We have the three biggest festivals for visitors to experience all over the island. If you happened to be enjoying the view of Maui in it’s entirety, the cute little town of Makawao had it’s own country fun take on things. Au's Shaolin Arts, Lion Dance and Martial Arts Demonstration had plenty of fireworks to open the New Year! The Dragon also danced its way through beautiful Makawao.
Journey over to the beachy west side and Lahaina was celebrating with firecrackers, traditional lion dance, and exciting kung fu demonstrations. Front Street’s Wo Hing Museum celebrated with kid’s crafts, cultural entertainment, and music from Master Ben Seng Au and his Shaolin Arts Academy. From there, the same Arts Academy performed for our local county building in downtown Wailuku, along with a spectacular martial arts show!
Happy Chinese New Year!