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101: Chinese New Year

A crash course on the world's biggest new year celebration.
By John Son
February 04, 2019
By John Son
February 04, 2019

You've heard the murmurings about Chinese New Year, but do you know about the origins of the celebration? Is there more to it than lanterns and superb Asian food — and what does it really mean when it's the Year of the Pig?

Friends of Te Papa are here to answer all these questions and more in 101: Chinese New Year, the first of their Subject 101 series. Designed to be a quick and casual introduction to this significant tradition, it's your chance to brush up on the culture, art and history surrounding Chinese New Year.

A panel of local and international experts will be on hand to talk about all things Chinese New Year. Te Papa hosts and museum interns from Xi'an will join representatives from the Victoria University of Wellington, the Confucius Institute and Wellington's Chinese New Year festival for a lively and informative discussion with a unique Kiwi taste.

Drinks and nibbles are provided to add the gloss on what promises to be an enlightening evening. To top the experience off, you can head to a late night viewing of the Terracotta Warriors straight after the session (tickets sold separately).

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