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Celebrating the Year of the Dragon in Italy: here are the events you shouldn’t miss

The Year of the Rabbit is coming to an end and according to the Chinese calendar we are entering the sign of Dragon, the fifth sign of the Chinese zodiac, a symbol of strength and vitality, but also idealistic, romantic and forward-looking. If we really have a year of dragons ahead of us, it’s going to be a 12 months of great ones changes, opportunities and wealth. It is set to February 10 the date of the Chinese New Year and there are many, even in Italy, events to celebrate the new year and learn about this tradition and culture.

Milan and the Dragon Parade

The city, which hosts the largest Chinese community in Italy, is preparing to celebrate New Year’s Eve, Sunday, February 11 at the Arco della Pace in Piazza Sempione. The traditional Dragon Parade, an exhibition of music, dance and acrobatics featuring hundreds of performers and participants parading through the city’s streets accompanied by a large papier-mâché dragon, begins around 2 p.m. New this year, the square hosts a scene allowing the entire audience to admire the lion and dragon dance, performances of martial arts, parade in ancient clothing/costumes, songs and dances. The festival, organized and offered by the main associations of residents and entrepreneurs of Chinese origin in Milan, by the Istituto Italo Cinese Aps, is now Milanese in every respect and indeed one of the most important public festivals in the Lombard capital in terms of visibility and attendance (therefore it is advisable to arrive well in advance).

@Aps Italian Chinese Institute and the Chinese community in Milan

In Rome, twinned with Beijing

The Eternal City and Beijing have been twinned since 1998 and have always been the capital Chinese New Year is celebrated in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the Esquilino district, the eastern market area where the large Chinese community has also stabilized. This year, the New Year’s procession is scheduled for Saturday the 17th, starting from the square.

Outside of Rome even «Lantern“, The International Giant Lantern Festival, hosted by “Bosco delle favole” in Cassino – FR, celebrate the New Year by lighting up the sky with thousands of lanterns containing auspicious messages. Opening on December 8, the festival hosts until March 10on an area of ​​110,000 m2, more than 300 giant lanterns from all over the world, illuminated by more than 2.5 km of lights and 60 thousand LED bulbs.

Prato, the lion dance

lawn boasts one of the largest Chinese communities in Italy, a lot that 20% of the residents come from the Middle Country. The arrival of the new year it is celebrated here with two weeks of holidaysculminating in the spectacular lion dance which brings happiness and security for the new year. The announcement comes on February 9 with the bell ringing at 5 p.m Pu Hua Buddhist Temple in Piazza della Gualchierina, a 5-minute walk from Prato Cathedral. The February 17 and 18 these are the days of the feast and the streets are colored by great parade. On Saturday, February 17, the procession will take place in Macrolotto 1, in the industrial area, to involve the textile companies in the area. On Sunday, February 18, the procession departs from Pu Hua Buddhist Temple at around 9 am and winds its way through the city, passing through Macrolotto Zero, the neighborhood that welcomes the most citizens of Chinese origin, to arrive in the historic center. Along the route (about three hours in total), there are various stops with performances by some groups of the procession in characteristic dances.

Source: VanityFair



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