Barcelona sees in year 4717 of the Lunar Calendar!
Published Mon, 14/01/2019 - 08:23
On 2 February, residents with a Chinese cultural background will celebrate the arrival of the New Year with the entire city. According to the traditional calendar, the year just beginning will be 4717 which, under the Chinese cyclical zodiac system, will be the Year of the Pig.. Chinese New Year will be celebrated with a parade, a cultural and gastronomic fair and a number of shows near the Arc de Triomf.
This is a particularly important time for Barcelona’s 20,000-strong Chinese community. It is also a time for this community to share its culture with the other residents of the city.
In fact, the Chinese New Year celebrations have become one of Barcelona’s most popular cultural events. It includes a parade, a cultural and gastronomic fair and several shows made possible by the involvement of 1,500 volunteers and over sixty Chinese and Catalan organisations.
This year, for the first time, the Porca de Sant Antoni pig figure will be the guest of honour in the New Year’s parade. The event will also be attended, from Paral·lel and specially dressed for the occasion, by the giant leading lady Rosa, accompanied by her “special” friend Armand and other Chinese and Catalan figures.
11.30 am Start of the parade at the Estació del Nord park.
From 12.30 pm to 2.00 pm and from 4 pm to 7 pm Shows on the stage located on Passeig de Lluís Companys.
From 10 am to 8 pm Gastronomic and cultural fair on Passeig de Lluís Companys.
The Chinese New Year celebrations are organised by organisations of the city relating to both Chinese popular culture and traditional Catalan culture, together with other organisations such as the Barcelona Confucius Institute Foundation and Casa Àsia. It is supported by Barcelona City Council as part of the #CelebremBCN campaign.
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