Auckland Lantern Festival kicks off

22:39, February 18, 2011      

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The 12th annual Auckland Lantern Festival kicked off on Friday night with the three-day event ushering in the Chinese Year of the Rabbit.

A highlight of the festival was Beijing-based rock band Askar Grey Wolf, fresh from a sell-out Australian tour.

The award-winning Chengdu Puppetry Theatre also brought to life the 2,000-year-old Chinese tradition of rod puppetry.

New lanterns sourced from China will include those representing the Year of the Rabbit.

Last year 150,000 people attended the festival in Auckland.

New Zealand South Island's largest city of Christchurch will also hold the lantern festival on Feb. 26-27.

Source: Xinhua
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