Kung Hee Fat choy!
A look at this weekend's celebrations and events for Chinese New Year.
CHINATOWN OPEN HOUSE
6-10 p.m. today; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. tomorrow
Chinatown Cultural Plaza, 100 N. Beretania St.
Tonight's festivities are filled with food vendors, arts and crafts booths and entertainment. Tomorrow is an all-day affair that will include all the traditional Chinese New Year foods, such as jai (vegetarian monk's food), jin doi (deep-fried doughnut), gau (rice cake) and jook (thick rice soup), as well as dance troupes, local musical groups, and martial arts and weapons demonstrations.
61ST ANNUAL NARCISSUS FESTIVAL AND TRADITIONAL LION-DANCE BLESSING
6-10 p.m. today
Chinese Chamber of Commerce, 8 S. King St.
The festivities start with the choy cheng, the traditional Chinese lion-dance blessing. The Narcissus Queen and her court will make their rounds, visiting Chinatown businesses, while business and store owners celebrate by lighting fireworks and offering envelopes of money, or lisee, to the dancing lions for good luck.
NIGHT IN CHINATOWN PARADE
3:30-5:30 p.m. tomorrow
Starts on Hotel Street at the state Capitol, ends in Chinatown on Maunakea Street
The annual parade includes festival queens and their courts, cultural organizations, kung fu martial artists, and lion and dragon dance associations, including a special appearance by a 150-foot dragon.
NIGHT IN CHINATOWN FESTIVAL
9 a.m.-10:30 p.m. tomorrow
Maunakea and Smith streets
The block party is the culmination of the Chinatown New Year celebrations with food booths featuring Asian fare, vendors selling traditional New Year's arts and crafts, entertainment on two stages with martial arts, cultural demonstrations and Chinese lion and dragon dance performances. Spend some time in Keiki Land, where kids of all ages can ring in the new lunar year with all kinds of activities from inflatable rides to games.