The next 5th of February is celebrated in China Spring Party, that starts the new year. The Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Spain has gathered in Madrid some Chinese citizens living in our country to celebrate together this holiday so marked in their culture.
The event was chaired by Lyu Fan, ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Spain, who has stated in his speech: "We have consolidated our friendship and cooperation with Spain and opened broad perspectives for the future of relations."
He also wanted to send a message, both for Chinese and Spanish citizens, in which he said: "In 2019 we will join forces, get to know each other even more and support each other in an effort to meet the new goals and get the mutual benefit. This objective requires more than ever the support and solidarity of all of you and we are going to make joint efforts working for the welfare of both peoples. Happy year and health for all. "
The Spring Festival indicates the beginning of the Chinese New Year, which is governed by the lunar calendar. Everything is decorated in red to welcome the new year because it is the color of luck in Chinese culture. 2019 is the Year of the Pig. In its culture, this animal is associated with fertility and virility. Children born this year will be considered very fortunate, since they will be happy and honored.
The pig is the main protagonist of the year in Chinese culture, which already counts 4717, according to its calendar. In the event held for the Chinese people, This animal has been very present both in decorative figures, as an ingredient of some recipes and with pork-shaped meals.
For thousands of years, Chinese citizens worked hard during the year waiting for the arrival of this holiday to say goodbye to the winter, getting rid of the old and welcoming the new. This date coincides with the change of season and take the opportunity to thank mother nature its fruits and ask for a bountiful harvest for next year. On this day you can appreciate the strong connection that the Chinese people feel with Mother Nature.
At the Spring Festival it is tradition that the family meets at dinner time and taste a wide banquet that attracts good wishes for the coming year: jiaozi (wealth), fish (prosperity), glutinous rice cake (increase in income), noodles (happiness and longevity) € Therefore, these dishes do not They have missed the event held this Friday in Madrid, in which the Chinese people settled in Spain could celebrate this traditional party.
This date is very important for the Chinese culture because the members of the families are reunited. They travel thousands of kilometers to return to their land and return to see family and friends for dinner.
It is tradition in the Chinese New Year to give children a red envelope with money inside. Another of the customs is throwing firecrackers to scare away evil spirits and usually hold awake until dawn, as the old legend about the monster Nian He says that he lives in the depths of the sea all year round, but every eve of the Chinese New Year he goes up to earth to devour the livestock and human beings he meets.