Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia Holds 2020 Chinese New Year Temple Fair & Ninth Chinese New Year Parade

[Source]    Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia [Time]    2020-02-24 15:26:07 
 

On January 25, local time, the Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia joined hands with the local Chinese community to hold the 2020 Chinese New Year Temple Fair and the Ninth Chinese New Year Parade in the Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall of Valencia, Spain. Friends from China and other countries gathered here to celebrate this grand event.

All the teachers and staff of the Confucius Institute went in to full gear to decorate the plaza in the early morning. Lanterns, firecrackers, Chinese knots and other decorations with Chinese traditional features gave the square a festive atmosphere. With the cheerful music “Happy New Year”, the 2020 New Year Temple Fair officially kicked off.

There were various booths with difference styles around the plaza that attract many friends from other countries to visit, helping them understand Chinese festivals from different perspectives. With the patient guidance and warm encouragement from the Chinese teachers of the Confucius Institute, the friends from other countries tried to say “happy New Year” and “wishing you prosperity”, creating a lively atmosphere at the event.


Confucius Institute booth

The Confucius Institute prepared elaborate calendars of the Year of the Rat and the Confucius Institute magazine for visitors. Lining up before the Confucius Institute booth, people couldn’t get enough of the Chinese ink painting calendars, and the Confucius Institute magazine were even more popular among them, as the Chinese-Spanish version had opened up new ways for them to understand China. Calligraphy teachers wrote Chinese names for visitors with Chinese writing brush on the calendars of the Year of the Rat. Everyone was happy when receiving the calendar. Tea art teachers dressed in traditional Chinese costumes performed Kung Fu Tea for the guests, so as to allow them not only learn about Chinese tea culture, but also taste Chinese tea with a wonderful aroma.


Calligraphy show


Kung Fu Tea show

On the stage at the center of the square, the Confucius Institute and the Chinese schools prepared a traditional Chinese song and dance performance for the audience. The lively and festive dragon and lion dance performance amazed the audience. The zither ensemble “I and My Motherland” by the teenagers in Hanfu was very received. A dulcet Chinese song concluded the performance.


Performance

As Evening closed in, the parade was ready. Passionate citizens and tourists were also awaiting on the street and inside the buildings. In the parade, all the delegations participating in the temple fair parade vividly displayed their programs, singing and dancing all the way. From Pelayo Avenue, the parade passed along Xàtiva Avenue and Marqués de Sotelo Avenue, and finally gathered at the Modernisme Plaza of the City Hall. In this marching process, tourists could see many programs, such as firework dragon, dragon dance, lion dance, drum and cymbal teams, and Chinese dance performance. Actors in traditional Chinese costumes threw special gifts such as sweets and small lanterns into the crowd. In accordance with Chinese customs, they paid New Year calls to the citizens and visitors. After the parade gathered at the plaza, An Wenlong, Foreign Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Valencia, sent the Chinese New Year greetings to the guests as the host of the event. Accompanied by gorgeous fireworks and wonderful songs and dances, the Spring Festival parade ended with constant cheers, and sound of drums and cymbals.


Parade


Parade

Being well received, the Parade was not only strongly supported by the city government, but also covered by the major media outlets in the region.