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Celebrations and festivals

Find out about the celebrations, festivals, and special occasions that take place at different times of the year by different groups of people around the world.

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  • wickED Theme: Matariki
    Do the activities in this wickED Theme in English or Te Reo Māori.
  • Matariki
    Matariki, the Māori New Year, is an important festival that reflects New Zealand's bi-cultural heritage.

Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee

Têt Trung-Thu

Têt Trung-Thu - Vietnamese Harvest Festival
This page has information about the Têt-Trung-Thu or Mid-Autumn Festival in Vietnam, a day for a family holiday and celebrations. Includes links to information about festivals in other cultures.

Indian weddings

Aainaa - Reflections through Indian Weddings
Do the activities in this interactive and learn about Hindu, Sikh, and Muslim wedding ceremonies as experienced by people living in New Zealand.


The History of Easter
Read about the history behind all of the different Easter traditions.
Easter - Chocolate Easter Eggs
Find out about the history of chocolate Easter eggs and the fun games that can be played.
Easter feasts and fun
Do these Easter activities.


A Multicultural Thanksgiving: Pongal - January 13-15
Read about Pongal, a popular harvest festival of South India. Has links to books and additional information.

General celebrations

Celebrations and Commemorations
Look at events that ours and other cultures celebrate.

Children's Day - Sunday 4 March 2012

Children's Day - March 4 2012
Find out about Children's Day in New Zealand, and some activities you can do to celebrate the day.

Halloween – 31 October

Halloween in New Zealand
Halloween recipes
Halloween around the World
Find out about the ancient origins and modern tradition of Halloween, and links to related information.
Make your own Jack o Lantern with ideas from these patterns.
Jack o Lanterns
Halloween – Jack o Lanterns Holidays - Celebrations from Around the World
Search this site for Halloween, and All Saints Day 1 November.

Guy Fawke's Day - 5 November

Guy Fawkes Day in New Zealand


Parihaka International Peace Festival
Read about the annual Parihaka International Peace Festival and the settlement of Parihaka.

Christmas – 25 December

Kiwi Christmas
What does Christmas mean for New Zealanders. Look at pictures and a video about our attitude to Christmas, and a Christmas cards slideshow.

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year
Check out this Chinese New Year Calendar.

St Valentine's Day - 14 February

Valentine's Day
Read about the history and relevance of St Valentine’s Day.

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