Capital rings in Year of the Snake

Capital rings in the Year of the Snake

Last updated 08:51 25/02/2013

Relevant offers

Capital Life

Wellington catering guru Ruth Pretty's capital favourites Wellington's Carina Stewart becomes New Zealand's top YouTube food star Wellingtonians the behind-the-scenes stars in Dust Pilgrim by Red Leap Theatre Behind the scenes: setting up Francis Upritchard's City Gallery Wellington exhibition Jealous Saboteurs Origin Gourmet Food Shack parks up in Thorndon, La Bella Italia opens Bel Mondo in Lyall Bay Despite the plastic pints, Bodega at its best was magical and memorable Weaving love and art Review: Pizza Pomodoro at Golding's Free Dive Hutt Valley High School pulls the pin on 90th reunion Eco-friendly company Munch recognised at the Naturally Good Expo in Sydney

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."

Ad Feedback

- The Dominion Post

Comments

Special offers
Opinion poll

Will you go to CubaDupa, the Cuba St carnival?

Yes, it looks like it'll be amazing!

I'll see what the weather does

No, it's basically just another community fair

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content