Anzac Day occurs on 25 April. The day is very important to commemorate all New Zealanders killed in war and also honours returned servicemen and women. Thousands lost their lives in the Gallipoli campaign, including 2779 New Zealanders. Anzac Day was first marked in 1916. Since then, the ceremonies are held at war memorials up and down New Zealand, or in places overseas where New Zealanders gather (credit to nzhistory).
In Palmerston North, a dawn service to commemorate the contribution and sacrifice of Anzac soldiers in the Great War is held on 25 April every year. We can also find a special corner of Anzac Day in Massey library. There, we can gain valuable information and knowledge about this important day.
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Waitangi Day is a New Zealand’s national day which is celebrated on 6 February every year. The day is very important to commemorate the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi between the representatives of the British Crown and over 500 Maori chiefs in 1840. The Treaty of Waitangi is considered as the nation’s founding document (credit to nzhistory).
In Palmerston North, Waitangi Day is hosted by Te Manawa Museum and Gallery on behalf of Palmerston North City Council. To learn more about the history of Waitangi Day and to enjoy the holiday itself with our family or friends, Te Manawa hosts a few activities: experiencing a traditional Maori hangi, participating at Ti Rakau (traditional Maori stick game), enjoying some of New Zealand’s best cultural and kapa haka groups, music and performances, bouncy castle for the kids, food stalls, games, workshops, activity stations and gold coin donation entry to New Zealand Rugby Museum (credit to eventfinda).
Here is the article about Waitangi where the treaty was signed. Please check my Flickr here.
The Jenny Mair Highland Square Day is the biggest pipe band contest in NZ, next to the national championships. It is an annual contest of 20 highland pipe bands and scores of contestant solo bagpipers, solo drummers and highland dancers of all ages. This year will mark its 37th year since it was first contested. The Highland Dancing events, Solo Piping and Drumming events commence before the performance of all competing bands. Following that, all competing bands march around The Square. The Massed Bands and prizegiving ceremony are the final event of the Square Day (credit to EventfindaNZ and Manawatu Scottish Community). If you are interested in this event, you can visit the site here. Please visit my flickr here.
Christmas in the Square is an annual Christmas event celebrated with many performances including Community Acts, Bands, and Carols to sing-along. Titanium, New Zealand’s Premier Boy Band, also came in the 2014 event. Many local acts, including the new Celebrity Christmas Band, the Palmerston North Pacific Gospel Choir, the Freyberg Concert Band, Kiwi Bop also cheered us up with their amazing performances. Food vans and things to buy from the Village Night Market, activities for children and a visit from Santa were also featured this annual event (credit to EventfindaNZ). Please visit my Flickr here.
Palmerston North Christmas Tree Lighting & Santa Run is an annual Christmas event at the Square. Started with “KidsCan Santa Run”, the Santas en masse ran or walked 2-3kms around the Square. Then, song sheets were provided for us singing the Christmas carols. The final event of the day was the Christmas tree lighting where we turned on our City’s tree (credit to EvenfindaNZ). Please visit my Flickr here.
Palmerston North Christmas Parade is an annual event which is held before Christmas. We can enjoy many types of food and crafts at the market, as well as entertainment on stage before Christmas Parade. The parade starts and ends at the Railway Land. We can enjoy the parade on Church St, around the Square, at the Square carpark or Main St South (credit to EventfindaNZ). Visit my Flickr here.
Guy Fawkes Night, Bonfire Night or Firework Night, is celebrated on 5 November with spectacular fireworks. We call it “Fireworks Over the River” in Palmerston North. The event is usually held on Anzac Park at 9 pm. The park itself is closed for public but we can see the show from down on the riverbank, the Esplanade, Summerhill Heights or anywhere in the town.
What is the history behind this celebration? Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding explosives beneath the House of Lords on November 5th, 1605. People lit bonfires around London to celebrate this event. That was the start of annual commemoration of Guy Fawkes Night (credit to Wikipedia).
My classmates and I preferred to watch the 15-minute firework show from the Manawatu Bridge. Here are some videos from the Guy Fawkes Night that I recorded with my digital camera and uploaded them on YouTube.
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Festival of Cultures is an annual event held at the end of summer season in the event quadrant of the square in Palmerston North to celebrate the connections amongst the World Culture and the New Zealand Culture (credit to eventfinda).
What I love the most from the festival is the food. If I had a big tummy, I would try all food sold in the festival ^^. If you come to Palmy at end of summer, don’t forget to come to the festival. Please have a look at my Flickr here
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Manawatu Walking Festival is held every year in Palmerston North. Foxton to Himatangi is one of several tracks in the festival and also one of the easiest tracks. The track is very flat because we just need to walk from one beach to another, from Foxton Beach to Himatangi Beach (the event organizer will provide transport from and to Palmy). The distance is around 9km so we need around 2-2.5 hours to finish the track (credit to eventfinda).
I joined the event on February 28th, 2014 with my friends: Ava and Monie. The view was good and we also saw some seabirds. However, the wind was quite strong at that time and the weather was a bit chilly though it was still summertime. For details and to look at other tracks you can check the mwf website. Please have a look at my Flickr collections here
Dunedin is one of the cities in New Zealand which welcome the New Year with fireworks display. New Year’s Eve in Dunedin is mostly concentrated in The Octagon which is the heart of the city. The live entertainment was started from 8pm by Idol Frets and The Easy Hearts. At midnight, the shows was started with a single canon by The Robbie Burns Cannon and Auld Lang Syne by a Scottish Band (while everyone sang Auld Lang Syne); followed by an 8-minute fireworks show (credit to Dunedin.govt.nz).
This year I celebrated New Year’s Eve alone (><) but I was happy because I love Dunedin so much^^. The New Year celebration was fantastic. The food stalls, which were temporarily built in the Octagon, sold some yummy food and hot/cold drinks^^. The concerts also entertained us till the New Year. As for me because I really love Scottish Band, I did enjoy the midnight show when the band played Auld Lang Syne (^^ fantastic and I highly recommend Dunedin if you want to spend New Year Eve in NZ). So here are the moments of New Year’s Eve in one of the southernmost cities in NZ (yip I’d celebrated it in Auckland before, which is one of the northernmost cities in NZ). Please visit my Flickr here