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City marks Lunar New Year

Friday January 10 2020

Palmerston North’s multicultural communities are inviting everyone to help them celebrate the Lunar New Year this month (January). Marked by many of the city’s cultures, Lunar New Year encompasses Chinese New Year, which for 2020 heralds the Year of the Rat.

Activities provide the city with an opportunity to be welcoming and to celebrate its rich cultural diversity and for people to learn about cultures other than their own, Palmerston North City Library Multicultural Services Officer Jeremie Corroenne says.

Events begin on Saturday 18 January with free Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, 1:30pm to 3pm, at Events Central at the City Library. A free Chinese New Year Cooking Workshop follows on Wednesday 22 January, from 2pm to 4pm, at the Manawatu Chinese Association, 98 Napier Road. You will need to register for this workshop.

The key event is the Happy Lunar New Year Festival in the Square, on Saturday 25 January, from 11am to 2pm – there will be activities, crafts, performances, food stalls, lantern making and more.

"The Lunar New Year Festival will be a fantastic way to celebrate the Year of the Rat with not only our Chinese but also our Korean and Vietnamese communities as it is widely celebrated,” Corroenne says.

The focus will be on hands-on activities to encourage people to engage, experience and have fun. “People will have the chance to get a sneak peek at REACT's٭ new lantern creations getting prepped for the Festival of Cultures Lantern Parade (Saturday 29 February).”

The Manawatū Chinese Association Chinese New Year Dinner will be held at China Town Restaurant on Sunday 26 January, from 6pm. Bookings are necessary for this evening.

Wrapping up festivities will be the Happy Chinese New Year Showcase, on Wednesday 29 January, from 6:30pm at the Regent on Broadway. Your $20 ticket will see you celebrating the Year of the Rat with professional performers from China, featuring acrobatics, magic, Chinese music and dance.

For information about these and other Palmerston North community events, head to Facebook and follow @PNCityofCultures, @PNCityCouncil, and @PalmerstonNorthCityLibrary.

٭REACT is the Rangiwahia Environmental Arts Centre.