The Chinese celebrate the new year according to their lunar calendar on the second new moon after the winter solstice. It falls on a date between the 21st of January and the 20th of February. In the year 2019, the Chinese New Year begins on the 5th of February in the sign of the pig, the 12th and last sign of the Chinese zodiac. It stands for stability, generosity and altruism.
The festival is also called Spring Festival and has a duration of 15 days until the Lantern Festival. The Chinese New Year is a family celebration where families come together from far, making it the reason for the biggest travel movement in the world.
The Chinese New Year in Rome
Beijing and Rome have been twin cities since 1998. There is a large Chinese community in Rome celebrating the Chinese New Year.
Even the Romans are happy about every festival, and so the Chinese New Year is celebrated in Rome for some time extensively. The luxury Via dei Condotti is adorned and an official festival is in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.
The Chinese New Year at Teatro Argentina
On the occasion of the Chinese New Year, the Peking Opera plays Turandot at the Teatro Argentina. The production was created in collaboration with the Foundation Emilia Romana Teatro, the Metastasio Theater in Prato and the China National Peking Opera Company
Dates: Tuesday 5.2., Friday 8.2. 9pm; Wednesday 6.2., Saturday 9.2. 7pm; Thursday 7.2., Sunday 10.2. 5pm
How to get there: Tram 8 Arenula / Cairoli, bus 30, 40, 46, 62, 64, 70, 81, 87, 492, 628, 916 to Argentina
Michelangelo and the secrets of the Sistine Chapel
Until October 2019, there is a breathtaking show in the auditorium in Via della Conciliazione.
Original music, actors and 270° projections are the ingredients of this show, which brings audiences closer to the fascination and beauty of the art of the Sistine Chapel. It is produced with technical advice from the Vatican Museums. There are shows in Italian and English. Book now
The Chinese New Year in Via dei Condotti
The boutiques in Via dei Condotti are hosting a joint exhibition by Chinese sculptor, photographer and performance artist Liu Bolin. The highly esteemed artist, in his home country and internationally, builds a bridge between European and Chinese culture. Many brands on the Via dei Condotti take part in the initiative. Take advantage of it, look at some designer pieces and visit this unique exhibition.
When: 2-10 February 2019, during business hours
Where: Via dei Condotti, between Via del Corso and the Spanish Steps
The following shops participate in the exhibition:
Via dei Condotti: Swarovski, Battistoni, Peppino Capuano, Federico Buccellati, Francesco Rogani, Damiani, Bulgari, Carlo Eleuteri, Max Mara, Ermenegildo Zegna, Mont Blanc
On Via del Corso the Grand Hotel Plaza
In Piazza San Lorenzo in Lucina: Bottega Veneta, Pomellato, Brooks Brothers
In Via Bocca di Leone: Isaia, Angeletti
In the parallel street Via Borgognona: Roberto Cavalli
On February 7, 2019, Liu Bolin will be hosting a live performance at the Borghese Gallery. The performance ends at 8 pm.
The Chinese New Year celebration in Piazza del Popolo
The Chinese New Year 2019 will not be celebrated in Piazza del Popolo, but in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.
The Festival of the Chinese New Year in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II was inaugurated in 1882, 11 years after Rome became the capital of Italy. The square is surrounded by imposing palaces with arcades in the style of the Piedmontese.
It is located south of Termini Central Station, in the Esquilino district, where many Chinese people have settled and there are many Chinese shops and shops selling goods from all over the world. Here is the Mercato Esquilino, the largest food market in Rome with the largest selection of exotic vegetables, fruits and spices.
In Piazza Vittorio there is also a door to visit. It is the last remnant of a 17th century villa and is called the magic door or door of alchemy. The owner of the villa, Count Palombara, dealt with alchemy and moved in esoteric circles. The door carries signs of alchemy. On the right and left are statues of the Egyptian god Bes.
The official celebration of the Chinese New Year will take place on Sunday 10 February 2019 in Piazza Vittorio. Here the Chinese community meets in Rome and celebrates the Spring Festival together. There are stands with demonstrations of art, calligraphy and culinary specialties. The program includes the Dance of the Lion, a spectacle of traditional dances and songs by children and adults and martial arts.
12:30 13:30 Dragon parade from the Basilica St. John to Piazza Vittorio
13:30 – 16:30 Festival on Piazza Vittorio
Where: Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
How to get there: Metro A, Tram 5 and 14, Vittorio Emanuele station