Grown Ups: Festivals

Here we give you the history of some important festivals, and give you ideas for sharing the celebration with your children.

ANZAC Day

Anzac Day is a special day both in New Zealand and Australia. Unfortunately the true history and significance of Anzac…

Children’s Day

Children’s Day is a special day set aside to celebrate children. Many countries in the world celebrate Childrens Day, and…

Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival, is an enormous celebration for Chinese people. The new year celebrations span 15…

Christmas

Here is New Zealand, we celebrate Christmas in summer – which makes a lot of what we experience over our…

Easter

Ask a child what happens at Easter, and chances are they will tell you all about chocolate eggs and Easter…

Father’s Day

Father’s Day is a special day to recognise and celebrate the role fathers play in our life. Whether it is…

Festivals

Here’s a useful summary of festivals, events and public holidays in New Zealand as well as the¬† 2014 and 2015…

Guy Fawkes

Guy Fawkes Night is an old English event celebrated each year on the evening of November 5th with bonfires, fireworks…

Halloween

Tip toe quietly through the night, creeping cautiously, taking fright, ghostly ghouls and pumpkin lights, its Halloween time again tonight…

Maori Language Week

Maori Language Week is a week where New Zealanders both here and overseas are encouraged to recognise and practice the…

Matariki – Maori New Year

Matariki, the Maori New Year, is rich with tradition. Discover the importance of Matariki, and explore ways that you can…

Mid winter Christmas

Mid winter Christmas may not be an official festival but it is a fun way to warm up winter, especially…

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a special day where mothers all around the world are recognised and celebrated. The celebration takes many…

Passover

Passover is a Jewish festival that is celebrated all over the world. Read about the history of Passover and get…

Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is a great day for pancake lovers, but Shrove Tuesday also has a special religious significance for Christians,…

St Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is not just about leprechauns and beer, the real reason for St Patricks Day is centuries old…

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is not just a day for lovers. Valentine’s Day is a day — always the date February 14…

Waitangi Day

On the 6th of February each year, New Zealand celebrates Waitangi Day.¬† The purpose of this public holiday is to…

Youth Week

Youth Week is a week which is set aside every year to celebrate youth. Read about its history, and get…