There is a large Chinese community in Barcelona, although many of the community go unnoticed. The truth is that their traditions and festivities have penetrated deeply into the local culture and some important festivals are celebrated in Barcelona, as they would be celebrated in their home country. Take the Chinese New Year, one of the great events of the Chinese calendar and also celebrated in some other countries of East Asia. According to the lunar calendar of the country of the rising sun, next February 5th we will be celebrating the year 4717, the year of the Pig, and today, in this article, ShBarcelona will tell you more on the Chinese New Year in Barcelona. Shall we go and celebrate together?
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Celebrate the year 4717 in Barcelona, according to the Chinese calendar
The Chinese New Year is one of the most important events in Chinese culture, one of the most representative festivities of cultural differences between the West and Asia. In China the lunisolar calendar is used and the celebrations for the new year begin on the first lunar month and end on the fifteenth day with the Lantern Festival. Millions of people go to their place of origin every year during these dates to celebrate this holiday, full of symbolism and magic. Although the Chinese New Year begins on February 5th this year, in Barcelona it will be celebrated on February 2nd, this coming Saturday. New Year’s Eve in the Chinese calendar, which in this case takes place on February 4th, is known as chuxi. Other countries that use the Chinese calendar, and therefore celebrate the New Year on February 5th 2019, are; Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Singapore, the Republic of Mauritius and the Philippines.
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In Barcelona, as we already mentioned, the Chinese New Year festivities will be celebrated on Saturday, February 2nd 2019. This festival will be full of activities of all kinds and you can learn a little more about the Asian culture and traditions. If you are interested in the Chinese world and its peculiarities, do not miss this party in Barcelona. To start, there will be a parade on Saturday February 2nd at 11:30 and it will begin at the Estación del Norte. In addition, the Porca de Sant Antoni will be the star of the parade and it will arrive with the Giant vedete Rosa at Paral·lel, accompanied by her “special” friend Armand and other Chinese and Catalan figures. But the party does not just stay there. At the Paseo Lluís Companys you can taste all the specialties of Chinese food at the Gastronomic Fair that will take place there from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm. In the same place, a Cultural Fair will be organized, with different activities related to Chinese traditions and culture, something essential for those who seek to immerse themselves in one of the most interesting cultures in Asia. In addition to all these folkloric events, there will be several performances on a stage located at the Paseo Lluís Companys, which will take place from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m. and from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m..
Are you going to attend these celebrations? Have you done it in previous years?
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