New Zealand’s Christchurch celebrates Year of the Ox with parades, dances


New Zealand’s Christchurch ushered in the Year of the Ox with multiple cultural events, highlighted by a Lunar New Year theme street parade on Sunday with traditional dancers and musicians, dragons, lions and much more.

The fifth annual Chinese New Year Parade is again proud to present to Christchurch another unique combination of traditional and contemporary performance art by the local Chinese community, according to the parade organizers.

“It’s our wish that people in Christchurch can come and not just share our joy of this celebration but share our hope the New Year will bring many blessings for our city and the world,” the organizers said in a statement.

Candy Zhang, senior diversity and engagement advisor of New Zealand’s Office of Ethnic Communities, said in a speech ahead of the performance that the government is “committed to valuing ethnic diversity and building social cohesion and inclusion as we all work hard towards the recovering from COVID-19.”