Jan 28, 2016
Chinese New Year Brings Good Fortune
Welcome to the Year of the Rooster
With Hawai'i's deep-rooted ties to Chinese culture, we've been saying Gung Hei Fat Choy, which translates to "May You Have Good Fortune," for well over century in the Islands. While San Francisco may lay claim to having the biggest Chinese New Year celebrations outside of Asia, Honolulu has to be near the top of that list. And for good reason: Beginning in the mid 19th century, Chinese laborers began arriving in Honolulu in droves, where they built a community near the docks that forged present day Chinatown. Although many worked in the sugar cane fields, others soon opened up their own business and a thriving Chinese community in Hawai'i was born.
Unlike the Gregorian calendar (where the New Year falls on January 1st) the Chinese New Year follows a lunar calendar and actually lasts 15 days. Because it's dependent on the cycle of the moon, the date changes every year. However, that day typically falls between January 21 to February 10. As many of you have seen, each year is represented by one of 12 different zodiac animals. These animals include: Rat, Ox, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
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