Don’t miss one of Christchurch’s largest and most popular free events, now in the Avon River Precinct – connecting with the Avon River, Worcester Boulevard, and Cathedral Square.
Bring along your family and friends to experience Chinese culture, with vibrantly coloured lanterns lighting up the central city. This event is for everyone and features music, performance, dance, food, and lanterns.
There will be a vast variety of food vendors and entertainment, with two stages hosting local and international acts while roving performers will be found throughout the precinct where the festival is being held.
The Lantern Festival has been part of the Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206BC - 221AD). Usually held on the 15th of the lunar calendar, it marks the end of the Chinese New Year festivities. It is said that the holiday goes back to an ancient Chinese belief that heavenly spirits could be seen flying about during the first full moon of the lunar calendar. People used lanterns to spot the spirits.
Nowadays lanterns come in all forms and shapes: animals, insects or flowers. A favourite subject is the zodiac animal of the year, which in 2018 will be the dog.