Asian Communities Joined to Celebrate the Year of Horse
Asian Communities Joined Together to Celebrate the Year of Horse
Last Saturday saw another successful event held by WTV, the biggest Asian media network in New Zealand. LunarFest is an annual event to celebrate Lunar New Year, this year tens of thousands of people joined together at the Trusts Arena to welcome the Year of Horse.
By 3pm, when the LunarFest began, the Trusts Arena was already packed with participantsof all ethnicities.There were over 100 stalls of Asian food, arts and crafts outside the arena while 7 hours of on-going cultural performances and entertainments were being held inside.
“China is now the biggest trading partner of New Zealand and more people are acknowledging Chinese culture and customs. This year is our 7th year organising LunarFest and it is fantastic to see more and more people are participating every year,” says Samson Yau, General Manager of WTV.
At 7.45pm, representatives from major political parties arrived to witness the lion dance, a traditional Chinese performance to celebrate festive elebrations. Both Minister for Food Safety Nikki Kaye and Consulate-General of People’s Republic of China Niu Qing Bao dotted the Lion’s eye, a gesture of awakening the lion and bringing good luck to people.
The night went on with entertainments including a special magic show by New Zealand’s Got Talent’s semi-finalist, Andre Vegas as well as exquisite belly dance performances that filled the arena with laughter and amazement. LunarFest reached to its climax with a 15 minute long fireworks display outside the Arena.
Chinese New Year day will fall on 31 January this year.