Chinese New Year celebration in Barcelona 2016

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Chinese New Year celebration in Barcelona 2016

On February 8, millions of Chinese people around the world celebrate the arrival of the Chinese New Year. This year the date marks the start of the Year of the Monkey, the sign of the Chinese zodiac that promises a busy year full of changes and maybe even a big surprise or shock.

In Barcelona the big party to celebrate the farewell of the Year of the Sheep (or Goat) and the arrival of the Monkey starts on Saturday 13 with a parade that leaves from the Estació del Nord park at 11.30am, heads along Roger de Flor, Ribes, Nàpols, Ausiàs Marc, and Pg. Sant Joan to the Arc de Triomf for about 12.30pm. There the finale show starts on the stage at Pg. Lluís Companys, with performances featuring lions, Chinese as well as Catalan dragons, martial arts, dances and music. There's also a Catalan touch with 'castells' (human towers), giants and devils, which all comes together as a big party that's a fusion of cultures.

Organised in collaboration with the Chinese community, the Barcelona City Hall, the Institut Confuci and Casa Àsia, the 2015 Chinese New Year celebration boasted some 1,000 participants in the parade and more than 100 volunteers.

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