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Hundreds Of Handmade Lanterns On Display in Auckland
Myriads of lanterns light up the Auckland Domain for the 19th annual festival celebrating Chinese New Year in NZ (CCSS Level: Grade 9, Words: 222)
Mar 5, 2018 Culture & Entertainment

The lantern festival traditionally marks the end of Chinese New Year celebrations, which is observed over 15 days.

The Auckland Lantern Festival, which starts on Feb 28 and runs until Mar 4, is the country's largest cultural celebration by numbers. More than 200,000 visited the Domain over the weekend to celebrate the close of Auckland's Year of the Dog celebrations.

A big part of the Auckland Lantern Festival is the festival experienced as a whole - being surrounded by the lights of all the collective lanterns, the noise from the different stages and performances, and the smells of the cooking from the street stalls. It can be intense if you're unused to it, but wonderful to experience once you know what to expect.

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development event producer Eric Ngan said visitors were treated to several new things this year. "The Harbour Bridge was lit up, at 30-minute intervals from 8:30pm to midnight, and there was a three-minute solar energy light and sound show. As well there was a new area called Cultural Courtyard where visitors experienced some craft demonstrations from our international performers from China," Ngan said.

This year is the Year of the Dog, the 11th of 12 zodiac signs and people born in this year are considered to be the most loyal, faithful and friendly.

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