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 is the Year of the Sheep.
- Auckland: 26 February to 1 March
- Christchurch: The festival will be taking a break from Christchurch in 2015.
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:
- Auckland Lantern Festival 2014 slideshow
- Chinese Lantern Festival Christchurch 2014 slideshow
- NZ Herald website - Lanterns shine light on culture - video report
- Facebook - Auckland Lantern Festival 2014 - time lapse video from ASB
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.
- Find out what the Lantern Festival is all about - history and cultural background
- Lantern Festival Quiz - test how much you know about our lanterns (and Chinese culture)
- How our Lantern Festivals have developed over time
- How the lanterns are made - slideshow
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.