Lantern Festivals

The Asia New Zealand Foundation holds Lantern Festivals in Auckland and Christchurch to celebrate the start of the Chinese New Year.

The festivals feature tasty food, martial arts demonstrations, performances from local and overseas artists and - best of all - lots of beautiful lanterns!

2015 festivals

2015 is the Year of the Sheep.

2014 festivals

2014 is the Year of the Wood Horse.

Sign of the horse

If you were born in 1918, 1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990 or 2002, then you are a horse.

People born in these years are hard-working, sociable, energetic, witty and eloquent – which means they have many friends and are often the life of the party. But horses also like their independence, so they can be somewhat selfish at times.

Images from this year's festivals

If you missed this year's festivals, you can see highlights here:

Year of the Horse lantern screen representing a work by Xu Beihong

Our Lantern Festivals - background

Want to find out how the Lantern Festival began, or where our lanterns come from? We've put together some information about the origins of the festival, how it relates to the Chinese New Year, and how our Lantern Festivals have developed over time.

Related pages

Social sciences teaching resource

China Here and Now (level 3-4) uses the Lantern Festival as a springboard to cover several social studies achievement objectives.

Last updated: 11 Sep 2014