Chinese New Year Celebrations - Wellington

Category: Other

Date/Time of event: 31 January 2009 at 1:00 am until 8 February 2009 at 1:00 am

Posted by: SAReunited Administrator

Date posted: 9 January 2009

Wellington, NZ

Venue: Various - Wellington, Wellington City, Wellington

2009 welcomes the Year of the Ox (or Bull) with a week of celebrations including children’s activities, a fashion show, a bustling marketplace, parade and plenty of local and international entertainment. Sin Nian literally translates to ‘New Year’ and is our first event for the Festival. The WCSCC junior lion troupe will follow the big bang booming firecrackers to scare away the bad spirits, clearing the way for good luck and fortune for 2009. Capital E invites the whole family to help “Decorate-a-bull”. Five giant MDF cut-out bulls are located in Civic Square and we need the kids to help us decorate them with the specially supplied materials. A kids day wouldn’t be complete without the ‘bull’ activities that everyone loves, complete with prizes and competition winners. And the stage entertainment always brings a smile to the young and young at heart. The Chinese culture is steeped in tradition and superstition. New Clothes for the New Year highlights one of these traditions, of wearing new clothes to signify a favourable or fresh start to the New Year. Festival Day represents the finale to an energetic and broad-ranging festival and presents local entertainment, together with community spirit and participation. The Year of the Ox Festival Day begins with a Bull! Sculpture & artist, Michael Tuffery introduces his iconic metal bull onto the main stage complete with exploding big-bang firecrackers to ward off those bad spirits and welcome in the new Chinese year. The Chinese New Year Festival Street Parade is not to be missed – the colour, excitement, cacophony, dragon dancing, beautiful costumed performers both local and international, little lions – we’ve got it all. You’ll be wearing red to Paint the Town Red, red being the lucky colour especially for Chinese New Year, and encourages happiness and good fortune to those wearing it, and also so the MCs can spy you and award random spot-prizes.

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