The Rat is the first of all zodiac animals.
According to one myth, the Jade Emperor said the order of the animals would be decided by the order in which they arrived at his party. The Rat tricked the Ox into giving him a ride. Then, just as they arrived at the finish line, Rat jumped down and landed ahead of Ox, becoming first.
In Chinese culture, rats are seen as a sign of wealth and surplus.
Welcome in the New Year on Saturday 25 January at SkyCity and enjoy spectacular entertainment, craft stalls and food.
Fun for the whole family on Federal Street with lion dancers, Taiko drummers, traditional calligraphy demonstrations and dancing pandas, plus much much more!
Don't miss the Eye Spot Ceremony at 6pm when the God of Fortune will jump from Sky Tower!
Plus live entertainment and the Auckland Night Markets with some delicious food offerings.
There's also roving entertainment on Friday and Sunday nights from 6.00pm with lion dancers, acrobatics and balloon artists.
There's something for everyone!