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The Chinese community gathers, often wearing the symbolic color red, to bring good luck and to have prosperity in the coming year, exchange red envelopes with cash gifts, and participate in festivals with parades, music, dancing, and fireworks. During the first five days, celebrations involve eating long noodles as a symbol of living a long life. Extended families share a meal together that includes a fish course not meant to eat as a symbol of abundance. And finally, on the last day of the New Year, dumplings in the shape of the full moon are shared to symbolize the family unit.


Celebrate the Chinese New Year in Hawaii

The Chinese New Year was traditionally the most important festival every year. The entire household would become fixated on the celebration and work life would nearly come to a stop, allowing all to make home and family the primary focus. Households are thoroughly cleaned to appease the gods coming to make inspections. The new lunar year is celebrated annually from mid-January to the waxing of the full moon in mid-February through a variety of unique traditions. 

Chinese New Year in Maui

The community page on Facebook shares events annually sponsored by the Maui Chinese New Year Festival, Maui Chinese Cultural Society, and Maui Chinese Club.


Celebrate on Friday, February 23rd from 5 pm to 9 pm with traditional lion dancing with drums, firecrackers, and cymbals. Martial arts demonstrations and instrumental performances can be enjoyed with Chinese tea served in the garden.


Lion dancing and celebrations at the Fortune Festival during February.

Chinese New Year in the Big Island

Performances throughout the Chinese New Year at multiple locations on the Big Island.


How to Celebrate As a Native

Give children red envelopes with good luck money inside

Recognize the festival by saying "Happy New Year"

Wear Red

The Cantonese pronunciation is: Gung Hay Fat Choy 

Consider the New Year birthday and count yourself one year older

The Mandarin pronunciation is: Gungshi Shin Nien

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