It is a brilliant idea to celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hawaii as Chinatown annual’s celebrations are always great fun and worth experiencing. The city’s exciting and historic Chinatown district hosts varied activities and events that exhibit the rich cultural diversity of the Hawaiian culture.
Downtown Hawaii-where significant Chinese people can be found- becomes the popular gathering place during this festive time.
Festivities in Chinatown for the annual Chinese New year festival spanned about a few weeks. Hence, it is not the locals but visitors too can revel in the celebrations and get a glimpse of the Chinese culture.
Chinese New Year 2019 too promises to offer splendid fun for revelers. Wide variety of events is planned and grand preparations have been made to usher in the Year of the Rooster. One of the major events for the festival is the Chinese New Year Narcissus Princess. It is touted to be as the oldest ethnic pageant of its kind in the US.
It is open to public but there are nominal charges that one has to incur being a part of the event. Candidates participating in the pageant have to take contests and take the interview with the judges. It is an amazing sight to see beautiful girls walking down the ramp in dazzling evening gowns to showcase their beauty and elegance. Rounds of interview take place with the judges to determine the winner of the pageant.
Another major venue to be at for enjoying the Chinese New Year Festival is the Chinatown Cultural Plaza Center. It is usually held on two weekends – Friday and Saturday. The lip-smacking street food stalls, colorful crafts shops and dazzling decorations and lights decking up Chinatown district add more beauty to the already exquisite area. Festivities span from morning till the evening and provide ample entertainment for all. Children can also have a great time wandering around the colorful alleys and capturing the sight of the parade as it goes round the street.
Lion Dance is another significant highlight to capture during Hawaii’s annual Chinese New Year celebrations. People from far off come to capture the enthralling performance of lion dance troupe. Sometimes local as well as international artists also take part in the dance show. The lion dance kick starts in the locality around corner of North King Street and Nuuanu Avenue in Honolulu. The Narcissus Queen is taken through various Chinatown businesses to offer entertainment to the visitors. The fun starts towards evening and lasts till late at night.
Watch the parade with floats, magnificent dance troupes, Narcissus contestants, and more entertainment options unfold their magic at the ‘Night in Chinatown Street Festival’ held as part of the Chinese New Year festival. The area surrounding Maunakea and Smith Streets and along Hotel Street between Richards and River Streets comes awash in vibrant colors with parade participants keeping the street crowd amused. The grand spectacle will also be held to ring in the Year of the Rooster 2019 in Hawaii. Capture the colorful and eclectic blend of Southeast Asian cultures as you have a rollicking time indulging in Chinese New year festivities.
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