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South Island Lantern Festival 2019
A fun-filled family event celebrating Chinese culture.
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South Island Lantern Festival - 22-24 February 2019

Don’t miss one of Christchurch’s largest and most popular free cultural events being held in the central city, starting at the Bridge of Remembrance and heading down the City Promenade into Victoria Square and The Commons.

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.

The Lantern Festival has traditionally been part of Chinese New Year celebrations since the Han Dynasty (206 BC-221AD). Usually held on the 15th day of the first month of the lunar calendar, it marks the end of 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. This year is the Year of the Pig.