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Casa Asia wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year

Casa Asia wishes you a Happy Chinese New Year

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The Chinese New Year is the most important festivity in China and it is celebrated by more than 1300 million people, together with the China Diaspora, which involves 50 million people all over the world. In Spain, Chinese communities resident in different cities also take part in the celebrations that begin on the 10th of February 2013 (year 4711).

The Chinese New Year, which corresponds to the Year of the Snake this year, is also known as the Festival of Spring, because it is held from the second new moon after the December solstice and depending on the year it could be between the 21st and the 21st of February. Its origin is in a popular legend and it is commemorated in many corners of the world.

It is a period full of celebrations that begins with the New Year (正月, zhēng yuè) and finishes a fortnight later with the Latern Fair (元宵节, 元宵節,yuánxiāojié). In China, during these celebrations the biggest migratory movement of the planet takes place with millions of Chinese people travelling from one end to the other of the country to celebrate the Chinese New Year together with their relatives.

In order to celebrate the Chinese New Year, Casa Asia presents you this spot made by Chi-shin Hou - 后起新, Oriol Martínez and Enric Ribes from the young audiovisual studio Houfilms, especially prepared for this Festival of Spring.

How do Chinese people celebrate New Year?
The Chinese origin student Liu Hongyi has written an article about it for us so we can approach the most important festival in China: What meaning does the detail of preparations, its gastronomy and traditions for Chinese people?

Celebrations in Spanish cities
Casa Asia has compiled the different events the Chinese community will hold in different Spanish cities, despite the fact that this year the usual parades in Barcelona and Madrid will not take place. 

These are the events we have gathered: 

"Chinese People in our Home"
Barcelona – 4th of February to the 9th of March 2013
Organised by: Fort Pienc Civic Centre, Fort Pienc Library and Association of Merchants of the Fort Pienc Trade Route

Carnival for the celebration of the Chinese New Year

Barcelona – 9th of February 2013
Organised by: Fort Pienc Civic Centre, Neighbours' Association of Fort Pienc with the Cultural Association of China

Lectures, Workshops and Parade of the Chinese New Year

Valencia – From the 30th of January to the 9th of February 2013
Organised by: Confucius Institute of the University of Valencia

Spring Festival at URV
Tarragona – 8th of February 2013
Organised by: University Rovira i Virgili

Tea Ceremony to celebrate Chinese New Year
Barcelona - 16th of February 2013
Organised by: Tetere

Spring Festival 2013 of the National Federation of Chinese Students and Researchers in Spain
Madrid - 8th of February 2013
Organised by: Chinese Researcher Students Madrid Spain

Chinese New Year Celebration Day
Barcelona - 9th of February 2013
Organised by: Huayu Shenghuo

1st Conference of Business and Culture: Asturias is written in Chinese
Oviedo - 8th and 9th of February
Organised: Panda y Tola Chinese School

Call for the Online Contest of Saber y Ganar and of Essays of Knowledge of the Chinese New Year
Online participation
Organised by: Embassy of Spain in China

Celebration of the Chinese New Year
Zaragoza - 13th of February 2013
Organised by: Association of Young Chinese People in Spain

Photography Contest "Chinese New Year"
Online Participation
Organised by: Global Asia

If you organise an event to celebrate the Chinese New Year and you would like us to included it here, please send us an e-mail: cav@casaasia.es.

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