This week’s picture of the week is of the Auckland Lantern Festival Fireworks, which were let off the Sky Tower on Sunday night. The Lantern Festival was a beautiful display of lanterns brought to NZ from China especially for the occasion. There were traditional Chinese food stalls, music and entertainment as well as the fireworks on the last night. This year is the year of the snake, which is meant for steady progress and attention to detail. The Chinese Zodiac consists of 12 Animal Signs, the Snake being the 6th. It is thought to be the intuitive, introspective, refined, enigmatic and collected sign of the Chinese Zodiac.
This weekend the 14th annual lantern festival will be held in Albert Park in Auckland City, celebrating the new year of the snake. There will be dozens of Asian food stalls, space for picnics on the grass and, of course, hundreds of beautiful Chinese lanterns.
Entertainment from the Omnipotent Youth Society rock band from Beijing, acrobats from Shanghai and a classical music group from Chengdu.
This event is running from the 22nd to the 24th (Friday, Saturday and Sunday night)