The A List: Get Festive

The A List: Get Festive

With the beginning of the Chinese New Year – the year of the goat and the Auckland Lantern Festival, it’s time to get festive! With our love for lanterns and cultural cuisine we highly recommend getting on board.


Chinese New Year

Already failed your New Year’s resolution? “Forgot” to go to the gym last week or “accidentally” spent the money you were saving? Never fear, here’s your chance to start afresh. The Chinese New Year began on February 19 so make those resolutions again and this time stick to them! – or at least try.


2015 – The Year of the Goat

The eighth of the twelve Chinese zodiac signs is the goat (otherwise known as the sheep.) People born in the year of the goat are believed to be calm, gentle, shy and kind hearted therefore are well suited to jobs such as teacher, paediatrician, actor or musician.

Find out what Chinese zodiac sign you are:



Auckland Lantern Festival

Whether you celebrate Chinese New Year or not, it’s always fun to experience a new culture and the Lantern Festival offers you just this. Beginning tonight, Feb 26 and ending 1 March, Auckland’s Lantern Festival will be bringing a variety of activities and performances. The festival includes over 800 handmade lanterns, lantern making and martial arts demonstrations, Chinese food and arts and to top it off a spectacular fireworks display. Open from 5-10.30pm at Albert Park with free admission!



Lantern Love

If you’re out of Auckland there’s no need to miss out on the festivities! You can purchase lanterns cheap at stockists such as The Warehouse or most dollar shops. These are easy to decorate, just grab some ribbons, buttons, sequins or any craft items and get creative! Otherwise here is how to create your own lantern:

You will need:

Coloured paper (size depending on how big you would like your lantern)

Knife or scissors


Hole punch

String for hanging




1. Cut strips in the paper 2cm apart leaving a 2cm gap from all of the sides
2. Fold your paper in half

3. Fold your paper into a circular shape and glue the two ends together

4. Punch two holes in the top of your lantern

5. Thread the string through and tie the end of the string to a stick

Tip: If you would like your lantern to light up, we suggest a battery powered light as candles may catch fire to the paper.



Chinese Cuisine

Because we know you’ll be inspired by the Chinese culture – especially the delicious flavours, here are some recipe ideas to create your own authentic Chinese dish at home.

  • Asian beef kebabs
  • Chicken noodles
  • Sweet and sour pork
  • Ginger rice salad
  • Pork and vege stir fry

All of these recipes can be found on the Food in a Minute Website


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