A week ago I was chatting with a friend and mentioned I was off to the lantern festival shortly. He thought I was somewhere in Asia. I was surprised as I'd taken it for granted that the lantern festival marking the end of lunar new year celebrations would be held wherever there are lots of Chinese (ie all around the world). It turns out Auckland is one of the few cities outside Asia to have a new year lantern festival. Who knew?
This has me wondering ... what other cultural festivals crop up in unexpected places?