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 at the Christchurch Lantern Festival 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!