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“Year of the Dragon Celebrated in Wailea, Maui”photo

Chinese New Year was celebrated by both local residents and Maui visitors at the Shops at Wailea last night with Shaolin Martial Arts mastery, the traditional Lion Dance and the Feeding of the Lions.

The origins of Chinese New Year are deeply rooted in age old traditions dating from 2600 BC when the first cycle of the zodiac was introduced. Because Chinese New Year is celebrated in accordance with the lunar calendar, there is no fixed date, with several celebrations popping up all over Maui.

2012 is the Year of the Dragon. Each year is named after one of twelve animals and it is believed that the animal of your birth year tremendously influences your behavior and traits.

Children and adults alike offered the traditional red envelope and dollar bills to the hungry lions. It is believed that if the lion comes up to you and eats your pouch, you will enjoy good luck.

I don't know about good luck, but it was obvious that everyone at the Shops at Wailea last night was enjoying a good time!  The Maui weather was perfect and many visitors took advantage of the second floor vantage point for photos of a gorgeous Maui sunset. 

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