After my sister and I became the new owners of Hawai`i Doggie Bakery, we knew it was very important for us to find a Chinese Lion for good luck! Chinese New Year is one of the most important Chinese holidays, if not THE MOST important. Here in Hawaii, Chinatown pretty much shuts down for a couple of weeks while we celebrate!
We are half Chinese so we had to feed a lion not only for good luck like we do every year, but to have an auspicious start to our new business! If we had a physical store, tradition states that we hang lettuce and a red envelope of lisee for our lion to see. The curious lion would dance around, trying to find the best way to get that lettuce. Sometimes it’s so high the lion has to balance on his hind legs! Eventually, the lettuce would be “caught,” the lion would “eat” it, then spit it out for good luck.
Since we don’t have a store yet, we settled for feeding the lion on foot. He tried to eat my arm…that means more good luck, right? :-) Kung Hee Fat Choy! That means Happy New Year…hey better late than never!