Jan 24, 2012The 23rd of January 2012 marked the commencement of the Year of the Dragon in the Chinese calendar, and is celebrated world wide. Auckland with its strong affiliation to China and large Chinese community, has always embraced the celebrations of the Chinese New Year and this year was no different.
The Year of the Dragon is the fifth of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs and it is believe it is the mightiest, most powerful and most intelligent. It is the year considered by most Chinese to have children – being born under the sign of the dragon is said to give the child outstanding traits. They will be driven, independent and destined for success. Many Chinese women are hoping to get pregnant and give birth before the end of 2012 for that very reason!
Most cities in New Zealand take the time to respect and celebrate the Chinese New Year and Auckland is no different, with endless entertainment and events to witness over the week long celebrations. Take the opportunity to experience the cultural event by attending one of these showcase events in Auckland:
The Chinese Lantern Festival from Feb 3-5 in Albert Park, has become a tradition in Auckland over the years. Hundreds of Chinese Lanterns light up Albert Park in Auckland’s CBD for three nights for all to view and enjoy along with food stalls of Chinese cuisine and entertainment to help you make a night of it.
Chinese New Year at SkyCity Auckland's Sky Tower is lit in the traditional colours of red and gold for the Chinese New Year period and the Jade Drgaon restaurant will be delivery a special menu. The festivities started with a bang on January 22 as firecrackers were let off at the base of the Sky Tower.