Festivals

Chinese New Year

Celebrations for the new year begin on the 23rd day of the 12th lunar month of the Chinese calendar and conclude around 23 days later, on the 15th day of the first lunar month in the following year.

Join the dragon parade from the Octagon, heading to the Garden for an evening of cultural performances, food stalls and fireworks to see in the new year.

Evening Viewing

Last day of Chinese New Year is celebrated at the Garden with Evening Viewing, where you can experience the tranquil atmosphere of the Garden at dusk while contemplating what the New Year might bring. With the first full moon of the new lunar year in the night sky, the evening programme has family-friendly activities which everyone will enjoy.

Legend of Qu Yuan

Held on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, this fun family day commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan. Activities on the day include zongzi cooking class, Chinese knot making, balloon twisting and of course the egg standing contest held at 12 noon, to bring good luck for the coming year.

Moon Festival and poetry competition

The second largest festival event on China’s calendar, the Moon Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month and focuses on family reunion and peace. With tours, classes, stories and more, this celebration of Chinese culture should not be missed. The poetry competition is an annual event held at this time inviting entries on moon-themed poems.

NZ Chinese Language Week

Chinese Language Weeks seeks to bridge the cultural and language knowledge gap between China and New Zealand and enhance the relationship between the two countries. The Garden holds events over this week in September, with classes, movies, and have-a-go activities.

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