Chinese New Year festivities begin for Year of the Rat

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The good weather is perfect for those wanting to get an early start on the Chinese new year.

With Chinese New Year, the year of the rat, just a week away, the Chinese celebrations continue for tonight and tomorrow.

Chinatown festivities are underway.

The Chinatown Cultural Plaza is celebrating with food and product vendors, live entertainment, fireworks, and of course Chinese Lion Dances. The festivities kicked off at the top of the hour and will continue through tonight. 

With all this activity taking place, be aware of the road closures so you can plan accordingly. Friday night, all streets bounded by River Street to the west, Beretania St to the north, Bethel street to the east, and Nimitz Hwy to the south. And all lanes of Hotel Street will close Friday at 7:30pm. 

The celebrations in Chinatown Friday finish at 10 p.m., but will continue Saturday, January 18 from 10 a.m. -10 p.m.

Friday, January 17 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturday, January 17 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Chinatown Cultural Plaza
100 N Beretania Street

Chinese Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii is sponsoring a Doggie Costume Contest on Saturday, January 18, 2020 to welcome the Year of the Rat. The event will be held at the center stage of the Chinatown Cultural Plaza at 10 a.m. All dogs are expected to dress in festive Chinese outfits to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Entrants need to be there by 9 a.m. To enter the contest, please call the Chinese Chamber of Commerce at 533-3181.

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