Grand Celebration for “Happy Spring Festival” of 2014 Launched in Rome

[Source]    Confucius Institute in Rome [Time]    2014-02-26 10:35:59 

On January 25th, 2014, the grand cultural celebration for “Happy Spring Festival” was launched in the city center of Rome, which again attracted tens of thousands of people in Rome and turned into a grand scene. Hosted by the Chinese Embassy in the Republic of Italy and jointly organized by the City Government of Rome, this event was attended by ambassadors of many countries to Italy, government officials and friendly personages from all walks of life and was reported by media from many countries.

The event was mainly composed of a costume parade on Via del Corso (Corso Avenue), a stage performance at the Piazza del Popolo (People’s Square) and a firework show afterwards. Members of art delegations from Hunan Province and Shaanxi Province in China, students from the Martial Arts schools in Rome and Chinese students in Rome worked together and presented people in Rome with a grand artistic feast with Chinese characteristics and distinctive local features of different places in China.

On the afternoon of that day, the grand parade started from the main road in Rome, Via del Corso, with dancing and singing all the way. Our reporter learned that, in addition to the art delegations coming a long way from China, students from the Martial Arts schools in Rome were an important part of the parade, whose lion dance and dragon dance performances attracted pedestrians to stop to watch and take photos.

The parade stopped at the Piazza del Popolo. Then, Mr. Li Ruiyu, Chinese Ambassador to Italy, and Mr. Ignazio Marino, Mayor of Rome, painted the eyes of the lion together and delivered their speeches afterwards. Ambassador Li expressed his gratitude to the City Government of Rome for supporting this event and sent his New Year wishes to the overseas Chinese in Italy and people in Rome. Mayor Marino said that the Piazza del Popolo was the heart of Rome and holding the “Happy Spring Festival” celebrations here was a symbol of the friendship between China and Italy. After the speeches, a stage performance lasting three hours started.

With the sunshine in the afternoon, Chinese and Italian audience gathered on the vast and spectacular Piazza del Popolo to enjoy the diversified and colorful Chinese culture. Various performances, like the cheerful and light-hearted Ansai waist drum, the festive Suona (a woodwind instrument) performance, the graceful Chu waist dance and the unique puppet show, all led the atmosphere to one climax after another. Local martial arts schools also brought spectacular Kung Fu shows to the audience, with performers ranging from eight-year-old children to elder people with grey hair. Then, Chinese students in Rome sang several classic songs of Italy, like O Sole Mio (My Sun) and Nessun Dorma (None Shall Sleep), which won many rounds of applauses from the audience.

The celebration came to an end with a magnificent firework display. After that, passionate people of Rome started to send their New Year wishes to the Chinese audience, and the whole square was filled with strong festivity of Spring Festival.