LAHAINA – For years, the Lahaina Restoration Foundation and the Wo Hing Association have facilitated the Chinese New Year (CNY) at the Wo Hing Museum on the front street. This year there will be no Lion Dance or community celebrations in the city. However, to keep the CNY tradition alive, Wo Hing offers New Year offers and blessings starting in February, as well as many shows and special guests.
“This year, 2022, we celebrate the Year of the Tiger, which begins on February 1 and continues until January 21, 2023.” Dr. Busaba Yip, Director of Culture and Expert at Wo Hing Museum, Social Hall and Cookhouse.
“We are in the 4,719th Chinese year and the tiger is the third of the 12 signs. In Eastern culture, the tiger represents power and passion with unpredictable qualities. Also known for its fearless and dry nature, as the element of water indicates formation, growth and development, but with care.
“Tiger’s personality is a powerful, authoritative, courageous and self-confident person with a strong compass and belief system. They enjoy competition or even fighting for a cause, but can sometimes struggle with their emotional and sensitive nature. “The year of the tiger has different objects for the Chinese zodiac sign and people have different elements, so be prepared wisely.”
“This year is a forward year and a turning point for individuals, families, communities and the world,” said one Chinese Taoist. It is time to set personal and professional goals and plan collaboratively. Health and safety continue to be a concern and it remains a challenge to prepare carefully for significant changes in our lives and futures.
The dates for CNY are determined by the lunar calendar, which usually occurs between January 21st and February 20th. Every year the date falls on the second new moon after the winter solstice. The ancient Chinese calendar, on which the New Year is based, serves as a guide for religion, dynasty, and society, guided by the 12-year cycle of the zodiac.
Legend has it that the Buddha summoned all the wild beasts to him, but only 12 answered. In honor of these animals, the Buddha named each year in the order in which they appeared: rats, cows, tigers, rabbits, dragons, dragons, and snakes. Horses, sheep, monkeys, chickens, dogs and pigs.
Every year is honored by cleaning the whole house, paying off debts and forgiving old mistakes so that nothing bad is left and the year can start with a good start. People go from house to house to visit relatives and friends. Each family prepares a plate of sweet soup called Chuen-hop (together) to welcome guests. Traditionally, New Year celebrations begin two weeks before New Year’s Day.
“At Wo Hing, this year’s event includes cleaning and placing offerings and special decorations at the Social Hall and Cookhouse with Nin Wah New Year greetings and greetings on small red paper showing symbols for good luck. Health and Happiness “ Yip said. “The altar was cleansed and offerings to the ancestors were made of oranges, pomegranates, walnuts and jasmine flowers. Inside the Wo Hing Cookhouse, candy and walnuts are offered on the altar for the kitchen god Joo Guan.
In addition, this year Wo Hing has a special celebration and show about the year of the tiger. Yip is pleased to welcome back the museum’s best friend and special guest, Dennis Ryan, who will be sharing his collection of coins and Chinese artifacts. Retired educator Ryan has traveled to China, Hong Kong, India, Tibet, Laos, Cambodia, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, Guam, Morocco, Chile and Peru, as well as many other countries, working in the coin and antiques trade. . He brought great knowledge, wisdom, and classification of relics to Wo Hing.
“We are grateful to Ryan for sharing his artifacts related to the tiger from the early 476-221 BC to the Qing Dynasty 1644-1912 AD. Yip noted.
“One of the objects is from the Western Han Dynasty from 206 BC to 7 AD, the jade-celestial nephrite tiger deity is called the Guardian of the West. Ryan is currently talking to visitors about the object in His collection and the importance of the tiger in Chinese history and tradition on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wo Hing’s special performances and Ryan’s discussions are the highlight of the Year of the Tiger. Congratulations and wishes.
Mr. Yip finished “CNY is a time to reflect on our lives last year and to plan for the future. During the dry year, water is very important for us to restore and build our immunity and energy. Our hope for the community is to be safe and live a healthy and happy life. Respectfully, Kong Ha Fat Choy, may wealth and prosperity be yours and Sen Nien Faiso Happy New Year! ”