Posted on February 11, 2016 by Scot Allen
Hawaii is home to a growing number of residents from China - many of whom are descendants of the sugar plantation workers who migrated from southern China during the second half of the 19th century. In fact, Hawaii's Chinatown is esteemed as one of the oldest in the world. Chinese celebrations are an important part of Hawaii's culture.
Chinese traditions have been passed down from generation-to-generation and celebrating Chinese New Year is one of the larger celebrations in Hawaii. Through festive fireworks, sharing traditional Chinese cuisine, and red decorative hangings along with red lanterns with inscriptions of good luck - celebrating the beginning of the new lunar year is a shared celebration of Chinese populations throughout the world.
Mid-Pacific Institute helped celebrate this auspicious day with live lion dance performances in the Elementary School. Elementary School students had the opportunity to experience Chinese traditional music and dance, and gained a better understanding of Chinese cultural traditions.
Many families at Mid-Pacific identify with their Chinese heritage and celebrate along with many in Hawaii and around the world. Mid-Pacific also has a number of students studying here at our school from China. Some of these students celebrated the new lunar year eating Noodles for longevity and Dumplings for prosperity. These students shared interesting facts about the year of the monkey, which is said to have a quick-witted, versatile, and clever personality.
Kung Hee Fat Choy! Xinnian Kuaile! Happy Chinese New Year!