Behold The Year of the Rooster

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Beautiful Darah Dung reigns as this year’s Narcisus Queen over the Chinese New Year activities. The Narcisus Queen and her court were part of last Saturday’s festivities that signaled the coming of the Chinese New Year. She along with Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann led the traditional downtown parade through Honolulu’s Chinatown district.

One thing for sure, the Chinese New Year is colorful, noisy, festive, tasty, cultural and wonderful for all those who take it in. Whether you are in it for the food, fireworks, lion dances or the beauty queens, the season is more than a week’s worth of fun and color. The images from Saturday’s parade are captured in this posting. Kung Hee Fat Choy and Enjoy!

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Colorful Chinese lion dances were the order of the day at the Downtown festivities.

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Local graphic designer Clarence Lee created a series of stamps to commemorate each symbol of the Chinese year over the last 12 years. The complete set was released by the U.S. Postal Service this year and may still be available at your local post office.

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The highlight of Saturday’s Chinatown parade was definitely the sprawling acrobatic lion dancers.

More photos of this year’s Chinese New Year celebration are available at my photo gallery site.

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