Cunning, sly, alluring: The Year of the Snake is imminent. If you haven’t kept up with your New Year’s resolutions, start over again with the Lunar Calendar. On February 10th, cultures around the world will be ringing in the Asian New Year, marking the beginning of 2013—the year of the Water Snake.
Chinese New Year in Oahu
The Chinese New Year in Hawaii is particularly exciting, due to its rich history and the culture that that thrives there. Oahu’s Chinatown is one of the biggest and most fascinating in the nation, featuring historic Oahu attractions and authentic food and culture (think fish markets and exotic colors).
This year, Honolulu presents Month in Chinatown in celebration of the Year of the Snake. In a blend of events hosted by the Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii, the United Chinese Coalition, and the Chinatown Merchants Association, Chinatown offers the best Oahu attractions for an unforgettable celebration.
A Night in Chinatown Festival and Parade
The events kicked off with the Narcissus Queen Pageant on January 12th, but there’s still plenty to come leading up to the First Day. The most popular event of the Lunar New Year in Oahu is undoubtedly “A Night in Chinatown Street Festival and Parade,” which has been a tradition in Chinatown since the 1970s!
This year’s festivities kick off on Saturday, February 2nd at 10 AM. The one-day free street festival spans several blocks in the heart of Chinatown. Live entertainment, food, crafts, costumes, and incredible street and stage performances will fill the streets with sounds, smells, and sights unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Of course, Chinese Lions and Dragons will be present in all of their colorful glory. It’s certainly a great photo opportunity if you’ve got a camera.
The festival on February 2nd also includes the famous Night in Chinatown Parade, rated by CNN one of the top five parades in the world in 2008. At 3:30 PM, the parade starts down Hotel Street, near the State Capitol in Downtown, and marches on until 5:30 PM as it infiltrates the heart of Chinatown. The streets fill up fast for the parade (it’s free), so you’ll want to arrive early to get a good spot on the sidelines.
See More of the Diverse Cultural Oahu Attractions
When you’ve had a glimpse of the kind of culture that Oahu has to offer, you won’t want to stop exploring. There’s so much to explore on the island known lovingly as “The Gathering Place.” When it comes to culture, some of our favorite Oahu attractions include Iolani Palace, the Polynesian Cultural Center, the Byodo-In Temple, and the Honolulu Museum of Art. All of these attractions are available at a discounted price on the Go Oahu Card—a great option for island explorers.