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 barista takes Puppet Fiction to Edinburgh Fringe Fesitval Ridley the turtle thriving under zoo's care Students team up with Trelise Cooper and Moochi for CanTeen Maori language week march to save te reo from extinction - 150 years of news Three brothers celebrate 50 years in Wellington fruit store Whole food blogger Buffy-Ellen Gill shares her ethos on food Sirocco the spokesparrot makes a return visit to Zealandia Wellington waterfront could get $400K changing rooms for platform jumpers Italian foodie Remiro Bresolin transforms 1970s Wellington - 150 years of news My Secret Wellington: Robin Greenberg, film maker, shares her favourite Capital spots

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