Chinese New Year celebrations are becoming quite popular in Madrid where there is a sizable Chinese population.
The suburb of Usera and the Chinese Cultural Center are at the epicenter of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Madrid. Activities are organized by the various sponsors, community organizations, the Chinese Embassy, the Confucius Institute, the Chinese Cultural Center and many others.
The celebrations are held over a couple of weeks, with the main festivities held during Chinese New Year's Day or a subsequent weekend.
Kids will enjoy the open air events which typically include the lion dances, Kung Fu exhibitions, cultural performances as well as a market with traditional handicrafts, and of course the Dragon Parade. There are also concerts, workshops, food events, etc. Here's what's happening this year:
Chinese New Year Events in Madrid
Welcoming The Year Of The Rat Chinese New Year Parade
A fantastic dragon parade will welcome the Year of the Rat in the Suburb of Usera.
Participants include the many Chinese Associations, sports clubs and other educational groups,
dressed in traditional garb and the elders sporting imperial robes.
It is always a very colorful and lively event and great fun for children to learn about Chinese culture and traditions!
Lion Dancers parade through the streets and plazas...
These are colorful and noisy events with energetic performers and lots of drumming and cymbal action...
There is of course also the majestic dragons parading through the streets of the suburbs and spreading good luck to all...
Chinese New Year Parade 2020
When?: Sunday January 26, 2020 - 11:30 am a 1:00 pm. After the parade you can enjoy some great authentic Chinese Food at the Food Truck Fair set up at Plaza de la Junta frente a la carpa.
Where?: Barrio de Usera
Parade Route: Starts at c/ Marcelo Usera esq. c/ Olvido - Av. De Rafaela Ibarra - c/ Dolores Barranco
How Much?: FREE!
More Info: Chinese New Year Parade 2020 in Madrid (en español)
Chinese New Year Fair in Usera 2020
What?:Games, food trucks, cultural performances, tea ceremonies, arts and craft demos, martial arts...
When?: January 24 - 25, 2020
Where?: Carpa Feria Junta de Distrito de Usera, EMT: 6,60, 81 / Metro: Usera y Plaza Elíptica-L6 (Circular)
How Much?: FREE!
More Info: Chinese New Year Fair in Usera (en español)
Chinese New Year Fireworks in Usera 2020
What?: The lake will be lit with thousands of water flowers and the festival concludes with a fantastic fireworks display
When?: Saturday January 25 - Festival Starts at 6:00 pm. Fireworks at 8:30 pm
Where?: Lago de Pradolongo junto al templete
How Much?: FREE!
More Info: Chinese New Year Fireworks in Usera (en español)
Chinese New Year Fair at Plaza de España
It's a great carnival atmosphere for kids who get to enjoy the bright lanterns, the dragons and lions, many shows, parades and games...
At the festival, there are a number of performances, from acrobatics, Chinese Opera, folk dances, etc. Kung Fu shows are some of the most popular...
Chinese New Year Fair at Plaza de España 2020
When?: Saturday and Sunday January TBA, 2020 - 11:00 am
Where?: Plaza De España
How Much?: FREE!
More Info: Chinese New Near in Madrid Plaza de España Fair (en español)
Chinese New Year Gastronomic Feasts
This is a series of fantastic food events featuring Chinese Master Chefs and a number of Chinese restaurants offering special Chinese New Year menus to commemorate the ocassion.
What?: "China Taste" 20 local Chinese restaurants offer special menus for Chinese New Year
When?: January 17 - February 16, 2020
Where?: See list of participating restaurants and menus offered here.
How Much?: EUR20 +
More Info: www.chinataste.es (en español)
Concerts, Workshops, Exhibitions at the Chinese Cultural Center
- Chinese New Year Concert 2020 - January 23 - 24, 2020
- Cultural Exposition - The 12 Signs of the Chinese Zodiac - January 22 - February 22, 2020
- Cultural Journey "Feliz Año Nuevo Chino 2020" - February 1, 2020 - 12:00 to 2:00 pm and 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm
- Chinese Film Festival - February 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020 featuring La leyenda de un conejo, La espada de dragón, Nuestros días brillantes y Detective Chinatown. Todas las películas se proyectan en versión original con subtítulos en español.
- Spring Festival Fair at Plaza del Colón - February 1 and 2, 2020
Where?: Chinese Cultural Center in Madrid - General Pardiñas 73, 28006
How Much?: Free. Some events require advance reservation.
More Info: Centro Cultural de China en Madrid (en español)
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