Barcelona begins celebrations for Chinese Lunar New Year for 10th year
Published: Feb 06, 2024 11:49 PM
Barcelona, a city in northeast Spain, was engulfed in festive ambiance last Saturday as thousands of people thronged to enjoy various celebrations held to welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year.

A procession featuring both Chinese and Spanish traditional dancing, displays of fireworks and people wearing traditional costumes, and food stalls teemed the streets of the city to celebrate the coming Year of the Dragon. Sergi Cantos of the Bestialots Espurnats local dance troupe said "We can always learn from each other, and so we're always looking for links that allow them to partake in our festivals and for us to partake in theirs, and that helps make culture bigger and more universal."

This year's festivities involved over 30 cultural groups in Barcelona. The Bestialots took part in the procession alongside Chinese performers, including dragon dancers.

Jordi Valls, the Fourth Deputy Mayor of Barcelona City Council, spoke highly of the Chinese community's contribution to the city.

The Chinese New Year has been celebrated for 10 years in Barcelona. This year's celebrations will span 15 days, featuring an array of activities such as free Chinese language classes, tea ceremony demonstrations, calligraphy workshops and Chinese storytelling sessions.