Capital rings in Year of the Snake
Performances, a parade and a fireworks show marked the beginning of the Chinese New Year in Wellington yesterday.
The festivities marked the end of two weeks of celebrations to welcome in the Year of the Snake. More than 5000 people are estimated to have attended performances at Frank Kitts Park.
''I've never seen it so full,'' said Linda Lim, of the Asian Events Trust, which organised yesterday's festivities in association with the Wellington City Council.
This year's celebrations were not quite as auspicious as last year's Year of the Dragon.
Whereas dragon years are considered lucky, the past two snake years have included 2001, the year of the 9/11 attacks, and 1989, when the Chinese army opened fire on protesters at Tiananmen Square.
However, Linda Lim said this time around the snake should be better behaved.
"Because we have a water snake this time, it might be more serene, more peaceful."
The Dominion Post