Barcelona is celebrating the Chinese New Year

A parade and a spectacle at Arc de Triomf to celebrate the most important celebration in the Chinese year

 

The 8th of February saw the most important festivity of the Chinese year being celebrated all around the world. The arrival of the Chinese New Year means the beginning of the year of the monkey, a sign of the zodiac that heralds a hectic year, full of changes and surprises. Interesting times…

As a city that has become home to thousands of Chinese people, Barcelona wants to join in the celebration. The high point of the festivities is scheduled for Saturday 13th. The fun will start with a parade setting out from the gates of Estació del Nord Park at 11.30am and passing through the following streets: Roger de Flor, Ribes, Nàpols, Ausiàs Marc, and Pg. Sant Joan, before arriving at Arc de Triomf at 12.30pm.

After the parade, it’s time for the spectacle on a stage set up in Pg. Lluís Companys, featuring lion and dragon figures, both Chinese and Catalan, martial arts, dance and music. These will be joined by human castles, giants and devils to make up a giant celebration that mixes elements from both cultures. Organised in collaboration with the Chinese community, Barcelona City Council, Institut Confuci and Casa Àsia, last year’s celebrations for the Chinese New Year saw the participation of 1,000 people in the parade with the help of over a hundred volunteers.

 

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Publication date: Thursday, 11 February 2016
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