A celebration of Chinese Culture, celebrating the Lunar New Year in the heart of Christchurch! Bring along your family and friends to experience Chinese culture through hundreds of vibrantly coloured lanterns. This event is for everyone and features music, performance, dance, food and lanterns.
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.
No event parking in Hagley Park, on-street parking only.
The closest bus stops are at the Christchurch Hospital, in front of Christ's College and Central Station, from there it's a 10-minute walk to Hagley Park.