2019 Spring Festival Fair and 8th Spring Festival Parade Fascinate Valencians

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia, Spain [Time]    2019-02-21 14:43:52 

On February 9th, local time, the fifth day on the Chinese lunar calendar, in the Municipal Square and Streets of Pelayo and Marqués de Sotelo, 2019 Valencia Spring Festival Fair and the 8th Spring Festival Parade were grandly staged. This has been the biggest and most wonderful Chinese New Year celebration in the city of Valencia so far. More than 1,000 people participated in organizing the event.

This event received strong support from Chinese Embassy, Central Government of Spain, Community Government of Valencia, Provincial Government of Valencia and Municipal Government of Valencia.

This year’s undertaker was that the Business Association of Chinese and Overseas Chinese in Spain and the Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia(CIUV)coordinated among the governments,Chinese associations and the media. Meanwhile, more than 100 institutions and associations from local governments and Chinese communities assisted in the organization, such as Valencian Tourism Bureau, Valencian Overseas Chinese Business Association, Spanish Federation of Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Spanish Chamber of Commerce in Spain, Spanish Overseas Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry , Valencian Chinese Students and Scholars Association, The Academy of Chinese Culture and Art Hanlin, Valencian Mingmingde Chinese School, Valencia Yuehu International Chinese School, and Valencia Moqian Academy,etc. More than 30 business organizations including Huawei, Hisense, El Corte Inglés, Airfrance or KLM sponsored the event. Valencian Police Bureau provided great assistance in the field of security.

The event gained extensive and in-depth attention from local media and the public. All the activities ran smoothly and successfully.

This year’s fair was divided into two parts: cultural exhibitions and performances.

Many distinguished guests attended the event. They are: Lyu Fan, Chinese Ambassador to Spain; Reyes Maroto Illera, Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of Spanish central government; Monica Oltra, Vice President of the Community Government of Valencia; Joan Ribó, Mayor of Valencia; Sandra Gómez, Deputy Mayor of Valencia; Vicenta Mestre, President of the University of Valencia; Carles Padilla, Vice President of the University of Valencia; Miguel Gonsales, President of Valencia Police Department; Zhou Zhefeng, head of the Business Association of Chinese and Overseas Chinese in Spain, as well as guests representing other various associations.

Opening ceremony

The Fair was held in the Municipal Square. The Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia, Ronghua Restaurant, Wenzhou-cuisine Restaurant, Valencia Chinese Students Association and other exhibitors displayed their own special products, for example, Chinese-Spanish bilingual magazine and 2019 calendar, both of which were elaborated by CIUV; Chinese New Year food; Chinese traditional ornaments and a variety of other cultural items.

Dragon dance

The Chinese calligraphy exhibition from CIUV was the focus and attracted thousands of Valencian citizens and tourists from all over the world. They waited in a long queue for their names written in Chinese characters and put on the Chinese pig-year calendar. In one single day, more than 3,500 such special pig-year calendars were delivered on the spot.

Performances on the open stage carried strong Chinese style, such as Tai Chi; martial arts; dances and folk music ensembles. The audience was deeply caught by these performances, and they couldn't help following the actors on the stage to make various moves and picked up dances and kung fu on the spot. Songs, dances and poetry recitations by Chinese children as well.


At about 6 o’clock in the afternoon, the crowd gathered in and around the Municipal Plaza, the Street of Pelayo, and the Street of Marqués de Sotelo, looking forward to the parade. The parade started from the beginning of the street of Pelayo, passing through Marqués de Sotelo and finally arrived at the Municipal Square. In the streets and plaza there were such activities as firework-dragon show; dragon dances; lion dances; gongs and drums; multinational costume performances and Chinese dance performances.

These actors in traditional Chinese costumes dispersed special gifts such as lucky packages, candies, and small lanterns to audiences waiting on the streets, and sent them New Year blessings in accordance with Chinese customs. Those 2000-meter streets, temporarilly traffic controlled, were lined with numerous excited citizens and tourists, with many standing by the in-door windows.

The opening ceremony of the parade was hosted by the director of CIUV, Vicente Andreu. Ambassador Lyu Fan and other guests delivered warm Chinese New Year greetings to Chinese at the scene and all over the world. The parade ended in a colorful fireworks and cheers.

A fish float

After the parade, Chinese and Spainish guests gathered at Ronghua Hotel, continuing enjoying the happiness by tasting typical Chinese food. Ambassador Lyu Fan delivered another speech,wishing the friendship between China and Spain prosper forever.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia has devoted a lot of energy and wisdom to this event to ensure that everything concerned ran as arranged. In addition to organizing this 2019 Valencia Chinese New Year Fair and Parade, CIUV also carried out a series of activities, including cultural lectures, academic lectures , children's handicraft workshops and so on.

To local people, these Spring Festival activities promoted their understanding of China by helping them experience Chinese New Year atmosphere and appreciate Chinese culture shows.


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