Chinese New Year in Rome. 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 January 21 and February 20.
In 2020, the Chinese New Year begins on January 25th in the sign of the rat, the first sign of the Chinese zodiac. The rat is quick and agile, it promises luck and success. The first year in the Chinese zodiac is particularly suitable for new initiatives.
The festival is also called the Spring Festival and it lasts 15 days until the Lantern Festival. The Chinese New Year is a family celebration in which families come together from far away and is the reason for the largest travel movement worldwide.
Chinese New Year in Rome
Even the Romans are happy about every festival, and so the Chinese New Year is celebrated in Rome since some time extensively. As Piazza Vittorio Emanuele is currently being renovated, the celebrations take place at San Giovanni.
The Chinese New Year in Via dei Condotti
The boutiques in Via dei Condotti organize a joint exhibition of photographs of 55 Chinese sites of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Many brands on Via dei Condotti take part in the initiative. Take advantage of this and take a look at some designer pieces in connection with this unique exhibition.
When: 20.1.-2.2.2020, during business hours
Where: Via dei Condotti, between Via del Corso and the Spanish Steps
The following shops take part in the exhibition:
In Via dei Condotti: Swarovski, Battistoni, Federico Buccellati, Falconieri, Cartier, Damiani, Bulgari, Carlo Eleuteri, Dolce & Gabbana, Stuart Weitzman, Salvatore Ferragamo
On the Piazza di Spagna: Dolce & Gabbana
The Grand Hotel Plaza on Via del Corso
In the cross street Via Bocca di Leone: Angeletti
In the parallel street Via Borgognona: Il Bisonte
The Chinese New Year festival at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
The Chinese New Year is usually celebrated in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II. However, the piazza is currently being renovated and the 2020 New Year cannot take place here. Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II was inaugurated in 1882, 11 years after Rome became Italy’s capital. The square is framed by imposing palaces with arcades in the style of the Piedmontese.
It is located south of Termini Central Station in the Esquilino district and many Chinese have settled here and there are many Chinese shops and stores 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.
There is also a door to visit in Piazza Vittorio. It is the last remnant of a 17th century mansion 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 bears signs of alchemy. Statues of the Egyptian god Bes are on the right and left.
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The official Chinese New Year celebrations will take place on February 2, 2020 at the Basilica of San Giovanni. This is where 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 lion dance, a spectacle with traditional dances and songs by children and adults as well as demonstrations of martial arts.
Where: Piazza di San Giovanni
How to get there: Metro A, San Giovanni