Chinese New Year is celebrated at the beginning of the Chinese lunar calendar and is celebrated for 15 days. In 2016, the Chinese New Year runs from Monday 8 to Saturday 27 February and is the year of the monkey.
Chinese New Year is often referred to as the Spring Festival. It is a time for family, reunion, good food, and steeped in many traditions and themes of good luck, fortune, happiness, wealth and longevity.
Hamilton's Asian community is ever-growing and 13.8 per cent of our residents identify as Asian so it's important the Council recognise significant cultural event.
This year marks the 30 year anniversary of Hamilton becoming a sister city with the People's Republic of China city of Wuxi. Last year (2015) Hamilton also became a sister city with the Chinese city of Chengdu.
Click here to find out more about Hamilton's sister city relationships.
FREE TRADITIONAL CHINESE CONCERT
You're invited to attend a free concert to celebrate Chinese New Year and the 30 year sister city relationship between Hamilton and Wuxi.
The Hamilton branch of the New Zealand China Friendship Society is hosting a free concert at Founders Theatre on Saturday 20 February from 7pm with support from the Hamilton City Council, Waikato Weekly Chinese Newspaper (怀卡托周报) and the Chinese Student Association of Waikato Region.
The two-hour concert will include traditional Chinese music, singing, dance and acrobatics. As part of celebrating the 30th anniversary of the sister city relationship between Wuxi and Hamilton, the Wuxi Foreign Affairs Office is sending a nine person performing arts group to perform at this concert.
The Chinese Scholars Garden at Hamilton Gardens has very strong links to Wuxi. The garden was a joint project between the Hamilton City Council, Wuxi, the NZ Chinese Association (Waikato Branch) and the New Zealand China Friendship Society (Hamilton Branch). The city of Wuxi gifted to Hamilton Gardens the tiles, turtle, table, seats and rock that sit in the Chinese Scholar Garden.
The Hamilton Gardens offer a downloadable Mandarin version of their popular Children's Discovery Trail. The Trail takes children on a journey where they can explore an enchanting world of secret themed gardens. Within every garden there is a magical story that provides a portal through different civilisations and to the farthest reaches of the world. Explore a lush tropical garden, mystical ancient China, play shadow bingo or count the number of fairies on wooden carvings filled with curious woodland critters.
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