Ring in the Year of the Rat with Chinese-inspired Wear

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Chinese New Year (which this year starts Feb. 7) is a major holiday for the Chinese and one that is filled with many festive traditions, including family gatherings, fireworks, the giving of li see (red envelopes filled with money) to children and tasty treats such as gau.

For the Chinese, the new year marks a celebration of change with many Chinese New Year customs representing good fortune. Houses are often decorated with symbols of good fortune, and adults give li see to children for good luck. It is also customary to wear new clothes, especially for children, to symbolize a new beginning. And the colors red and gold are commonly seen because red represents happiness and gold is for wealth.

This year is the Year of the Rat, and according to the Chinese Zodiac, people who are born in the year of the rat are imaginative, charming, shrewd, witty and truly generous to their loved ones. Famous people born in the year of the rat include Winston Churchill, George Washington and William Shakespeare.

Featured here are some Chinese-inspired fashions available at Shanghai Tang at Ala Moana Center. The store also carries many Chinese New Year gift items, such as cuff links, keychains, umbrellas and Chinese New Year cards..