Firecrackers popped, cymbals crashed, drums beat into the evening ... at Kahala's welcoming in the new Year of the Dragon! Celebration traditionally occurs for the first few weeks of a new lunar year with parades and celebrations of traditions now many thousands of years old. Scholars estimate the Chinese calendar began during the reign of Huangdi translating the year 2012 to "chinese year" 4,710. Or some say 4,709 or could be 4,649, but who's counting? It's a lot of years. In any event this is one heck of a celebration for the family... little red envelopes full of money, traditional sweet cakes and sugared fruits, all part of the celebration of the lunar new year.
My favorite is the dragon and the lion dances. In ancient China villagers feared the springtime attacks of the dreaded "Nian" a dragon-like beast from under the sea ( it also lives high in the mountains so beware). The Nian looked for adults, children and dogs. It was sensitive to loud noises and it didn't like the color red. So drums, plates, and bowls were turned into noise makers. Firecrackers were tossed, babies dressed in bright red, red banners and flags were flown throughout the village and all of this to scare away the big bad Nian.
This week join in Hawaii's celebration of the Year of the Dragon. Wear your red, put money in the lion's mouth for good luck and prosperity, and make a party!
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