The Chinese New Year began Friday, and it’s the Year of the Horse.
This 15-day lunar new year or spring festival celebration is known as a time of spiritual renewal, fresh starts, reverence to one’s ancestors and goodwill to others. On Saturday, the Kealakekua Ranch Center in Captain Cook marked the occasion with a special celebration. There, lion dancers with drums, gongs and small fireworks brought blessings to the center’s businesses, shoppers and event-goers.
In the Chinese zodiac, the years progress through 12 astrological signs, with different animals possessing auspicious means for the coming year and those born during that time. The horse is often described as progressive and having unbridled energy while ready to throw out the old and bring in the new. It is also said this type of year will bring prosperity and wealth, as well as optimism.