Once upon a time the month of February marked a silly contrast between the Italian and the Chinese culture. Around Rome’s Termini station a few small town people would bear anti-Chinese signs or parade with traditional Italian costumes to stress what the dominant culture of that area had to be.
Then the Chinese New Year celebrations gradually became a neighbourhood event especially in the central area of Esquilino and in the southern borroughs of Pigneto and Prenestino. Now Spring Holiday, Chun Jie, also known as the Chinese New Year is a full blown city event and the celebrations start tonight, February 2.
One of our favorite Chinese Restaurants, Green Tea, organizes a special dinner-night with tradtional dishes revisited starting from 8:38 pm with a price that ends in 8. And the use of number 8 is of course not casual! On February 3, but it is already sold out, the association VersOriente organises another dedicated dinner to the Chinese New Year with traditional music, a live martial arts performance by the Soffio del Drago school and cultural explanations of what this holiday represents for the Chinese people in the New Hong Kong restaurant. The dinner will be repeated on February 7.
The celebrations will go public in the open Amphitheatre of the Auditorium Parco della Musica on Saturday from 6pm to 8 pm with a show featuring dragoons, lions, the drums dance, traditional and chinese minority dances.
On Sunday the 6th the fantastic creature of the red dragoon will parade from Piazza Venezia, through via del Corso, to piazza del Popolo from 1 pm to 10 pm. The event will also feature a dance show and a traditional Kung Fu performance of Tao Chi school from Rome and the San Ngai Kwun school from Perugia with the Hong-Kong teacher G.M. Leung Biu Wah Fuk, followed by a traditional costumes march and a flags show.
The following Sunday at 5pm, the Chinese Rome-based school Zhonghua will perform the Spring Show in via Bixio 83, in the Scuola di Donato’s theatre.
But the peak of this Chinese holiday will be on February 17, at the end of the New Year celebrations with the Lantern festival, 15 days after the first moon and the first night to see a full moon. Dance and traditional songs by the All-China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese starting from 2:30 pm between piazza Vittorio and the Ambra Jovinelli Theatre.