Chinese New Year 2021 Parade & Festival in Wellington || New Zealand

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Chinese New Year, Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year, is the festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional lunisolar Chinese calendar.

In Chinese culture and Asian countries within the Sinosphere, the festival is also commonly referred to as Spring Festival as the spring season in the lunisolar calendar traditionally starts with lichun, the first of the twenty-four solar terms which the festival celebrates around the time of the Lunar New Year.

Marking the end of winter and the beginning of the spring season, observances traditionally take place from New Year’s Eve, the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year.

The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February. In 2021, the first day of the Chinese New Year was on Friday, 12 February, which is the Year of the Ox.

Year of the Ox

The zodiac sign Ox occupies the second position in the Chinese Zodiac. The 12 zodiac animals are, in order: Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig.

If you were born in 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 or this year, then you’re an Ox. Your personality could be characterized as hard working in the background, intelligent and reliable but you do not need praise.

Ox Personality

Having an honest nature, Oxes are known for diligence, dependability, strength and determination. These reflect traditional conservative characteristics.

Women Oxes are traditional, faithful wives, who attach great importance to their children’s education.

For male oxes, they are strongly patriotic, have ideals and ambitions for life, and attach importance to family and work.


Festival Fireworks supported by Stonewood Capital
  • Saturday, February 13, 2021
  • 9:30 PM  10:00 PM
  • Frank Kitts ParkWellington, 6011New Zealand (map)

Celebrate Chinese New Year with us on Wellington’s waterfront!

From 5pm, come and enjoy delicious offerings from food trucks, from 8.30pm are activities to entertain you, and all before the dazzling sky-ward display at 9.30pm.

Street Parade

I was invited after participating in a photoshoot wearing the traditional Chinese dress qipao with the Chinese Cultural Centre back in December 2020.

QiPao Modeling Photoshoot

  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
  • 2:00 PM  3:00 PM
  • Frank Kitts Park Wellington, 6011New Zealand (map)

The street parade is a crowd favorite and not to mention, the only community run parade in Wellington!

Asian Food & Crafts Market

FESTIVAL DAY: asian food & craft market
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
  • 10:00 AM  5:00 PM
  • Shed 6 Wellington, 6011New Zealand (map)

TSB Arena and Shed 6 will be transformed into an Asian Market offering a total experience of Asian food, crafts, merchandise, displays. Mouth-watering delights and aromas of Chinese cuisine in Shed 6 will be sure to fill the tummies of Wellington’s growing population of foodies.

And for the little ones, the Family Zone has free activities to keep them busy – TSB Arena Level 1.

Cultural Entertainment

FESTIVAL DAY: cultural entertainment
  • Sunday, February 14, 2021
  • 11:00 AM  5:00 PM
  • Frank Kitts Park Wellington, 6011 New Zealand (map)

Head to the TSB Bank Arena on Festival Day (Sunday 14) and experience a wonderful programme of entertainment bursting at seams with local and international talent.


Make Up


Comfortable fitting short qipao originally purchased in Bangkok Thailand for 2019’s Chinese New Year.


Other Chinese New Year related activities in Wellington

Courtenay Place Lightbox Exhibition

Courtenay Place Lightbox Exhibition

  • Mon, Feb 1, 202112:00 PM  Mon, May 24, 202112:00 PM
  • Courtenay PlaceWellington, Wellington, 6011New Zealand (map)

A light box exhibition by Kerry Ann Lee and Stan Chan, inspired by photographic images drawn from 20 years of Chinese New Year celebrations in Wellington.

Chinese New Year Zodiac Arts Trail

Chinese New Year Zodiac Arts Trail

  • Mon, Feb 1, 202112:00 PM  Sun, Feb 28, 202112:00 PM
  • Wellington, WellingtonNew Zealand (map)

A trail of 12 original artworks by local Wellington and internationally-based artists of the 12 animals that make up the Chinese Zodiac in high visibility locations around Wellington CBD

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