Ringing in the Lunar New Year

  • A child presents lai see to a lion during a lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year Sunday at Waimea Center. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A woman presents lai see to a lion during a lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year Sunday at Waimea Center. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A woman presents lai see to a lion during a lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year Sunday at Waimea Center. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

  • A woman and child are entertained by the Yau Gong Dance during a traditional lion dance to celebrate Lunar New Year on Sunday at Waimea Center. See Page 4A for additional photos and details. (Chelsea Jensen/West Hawaii Today)

The Yau Gong Dance Team performed a traditional lion dance to celebrate the Lunar New Year on Sunday at Waimea Center.

The Lunar New Year is the most important annual holiday in China. Each year is named after one of the 12 signs of the Chinese zodiac in a repeating cycle, with this year being the Year of the Rabbit.