The Christchurch Lantern Festival is back and celebrating the Year of the Monkey.

Running this weekend bring along your family and friends and experience Chinese culture amidst hundreds of vibrantly coloured lanterns, specially imported from China. There will be delicious Asian food stalls, fireworks and non-stop entertainment including master puppeteers from Shanghai and the famous Second Hand Rose rock band from Beijing. An event for everyone in the city and not to be missed!

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


Brought to you by the Christchurch City Council in partnership with the Asia New Zealand Foundation.

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