It was the middle of February, and lantern festivals were taking place all across New Zealand. It’s an annual ritual that occurs at the first full moon after the Chinese New Year, and in Christchurch thousands of lamps were swaying in the breeze, lighting the way of the crowds who had come to join in the festivities.
The park was full of stalls where you could buy everything from Chinese food to delicately painted souvenirs. And the lanterns themselves were strung between stalls, in the trees, around the edge of the park and even along the river!
|Traditional red lanterns were strung between the stalls|
|Every tree was decorated with lanterns of a different design|
|Around the edge of the park the lanterns formed complete tableaux. Here a woman in a kimono contemplates a kite|
|Of course all the signs of the Chinese zodiac made an appearance|
|A magnificent dragon shows its teeth|
|The river was full of fish|
|And a many humped sea monster rose from the water|