Not quite done with the New Years festivities? Good, because the Chinese New Year is well and truly in full swing, and Auckland is the place to celebrate.
Chinese New Year is a time of tradition, culture, vibrance and festivities, so get amongst these events to ring in the year of the rat!
Chinese New Year At SkyCity
Friday 24 – Sunday 26 January
Parnell Year of the Rat Street Art Exhibition
Monday 27 January – Sunday 16 February
Whau Chinese New Year Festival
Saturday 1 February
The Chinese New Years in New Lynn is back for another round of summer fun. The free event invites friends and families from all cultures to spend the day at Olympic Park to celebrate the Lunar New Year. Consider it a celebration of all cultures with ethnical performances, art installations, and food stalls offering treats from all around the globe. Slap on the sunblock and grab a picnic blanket to take in everything the Whau festival has to offer.
Chinese Cuisine Month
Saturday 1 – Saturday 29 February
Auckland Domain Lantern Festival
Thursday 13 – Sunday 16 February
It wouldn’t be a Chinese New Year in Auckland without the annual Lantern Festival. For four days the festival ignites hundreds of homemade lanterns throughout the Auckland Domain in celebration of the new year. 2020’s festival will be no different from the usual spectacular set up—authentic Asian food stalls, live roaming performances, amazing art installations, and tremendous fireworks show to end the festival with a bang. Everyone is invited to the city’s largest new year’s celebration.
New Zealand has a diversity of cultures and Auckland Museum thinks that is something pretty special. Level one of the iconic building remains a permanent home to the Arts of Asia exhibition. The gallery features more than 7,000 objects originating from the mass continent. The entirety of the art captures the material creativity and beautifully intricate designs of different cultures spanned across Asia. So why not get clued up about the Chinese culture to ring in the New Year?
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Image credit: Todd Eyre