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Economic development agency, ChristchurchNZ, has highlighted several ways in which everyone, especially families with young children, can mark 'the year of the rat'.
Its head of major and business events Karena Finnie said the Chinese New Year is an opportunity to celebrate the city’s rich cultural diversity.
"There will be a number of events held across the city, both public and community-led.
"It’s a great opportunity to celebrate our Asian communities and the many fun, vibrant and colourful traditions.”
Throughout the lunar New Year period, lanterns will adorn the Christchurch Casino, the City Promenade and the Riverside Market.
Here’s a section of events being held during the Chinese New Year period.
- January 15 to February 9: Ballantynes Lanterns, corner Cashel and Colombo Sts.
See the stunning installation of handmade lanterns throughout the store, with competitions for the children.
- January 26: Happy Chinese New Year Festival, Victoria Square, 11am-10pm.
Bring the family into the city and celebrate Chinese New Year. Enjoy authentic Chinese food, free live performances and fun activities.
- January 27 to 31: Lunar New Year Bilingual Story times, Upper Riccarton, Shirley, Bishopdale South, Halswell and Tūranga libraries.
Listen to the story of Zodiac animals sing songs in Chinese and Korean to celebrate the year of the rat.
- January 29 to February 7: Chinese Traditional Games, Upper Riccarton, Papanui, New Brighton, Tūranga, and Linwood libraries.
This will be a free session with Chinese traditional games, calligraphy, paper cutting and plate painting. Learn to write your name in the Chinese alphabet and have fun with your friends and whānau.
- January 31: Lunar New Year Bedtime Stories, Fendalton Library, 6.30-7.30pm.
Hear special bedtime stories on Lunar New Year’s Day with traditional performing arts, shadow puppets and themed activities.
- February 1: Spectacular Lunar New Year Performance, Tūranga Library, 11am-1pm.
A spectacular display of colours, costumes, music and performances to welcome the Year of the Rat. Come dressed in traditional clothing.
- February 8: Lunar New Year Whānau Fun Day, Upper Riccarton Library, 11am-2pm.
Free mini performances, Chinese traditional games, crafts and themed activities.
- February 16, 3pm-5pm: 2020 Christchurch Chinese New Year Parade, Cathedral Square, 3pm- 5pm.
Starting at the Bridge of Remembrance at 3pm the parade will head along Cashel St and finish in the square for a festival of performances and culture.