South Island Lantern Festival
South Island Lantern FestivalFri Feb 22nd 2019 to Sun Feb 24th 2019 at 06:00 until 10:00
Christchurch, Avon River from the Christchurch Hospital through to the Margaret Mahy Family Playground, ...., christchurchChristchurch https://www.myguidechristchurch.com/events/south-island-lantern-festival
Bring along your friends and family 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.
See you all there!
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