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Chinese New Year in Midtown Ala Moana

Chinese New Year in Midtown Ala Moana - Azure Ala Moana

This year the Lunar New Year falls on February 5, 2019, and ushers in the Year of the Pig. The twelfth of 12 zodiac signs, in Chinese culture pigs are considered a symbol of wealth and fortune because of their chubby faces and large ears.

In Midtown Ala Moana, you can help to ensure your own good fortune with some of these beloved Lunar New Year traditions.

Dim Sum & Noodles
The Chinese tradition of making and eating dumplings symbolized the idea of wrapping ones wishes inside dumplings and eating them – thus, giving you good fortune throughout the new year. The tradition of eating noodles symbolized living a long prosperous life. In Midtown Ala Moana, some of our favorite places to eat dumplings and noodles include:

•  Jade Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
Ala Moana Center, Hookipa Terrace, Level 4
Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

•  Yum Cha Hawaii
1341 Kapiolani Blvd, Honolulu, HI 96814
Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm; Friday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

•  Joy Cup Mean Noodles
1608 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96826
Hours: Open Daily, 10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Traditional Lion Dances
Performed to the music of beating drums, loud cymbals, and clanging gongs, the practice of lion dancing on auspicious occasions is believed to bring prosperity in the coming year. In Midtown Ala Moana, here are a couple of places you can enjoy Lion Dance performances and feed the lions their beloved lai see (red money envelopes):

•  Sam’s Club on Keeaumoku Street on Feb 2 at 11 a.m.
•  Ala Moana Center Stage on Feb 7 at 6 p.m.
•  Ala Moana Center Stage on Feb 8 at 6 p.m.
•  Ala Moana Center Stage on Feb 9 at 11 a.m.