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.
Chinese New Year 2022
In 2022, the Chinese New Year begins on February 1st under the sign of the tiger, the third sign of the Chinese zodiac. The year of the ox, an earth-loving and hardworking animal, ends. The tiger is out early, daring and a protector of the children. We can therefore hope for a good year.
The festival is also called the Spring Festival and it lasts 15 days until the Lantern Festival . The Chinese New Year is a family festival in which families come together from far away and it is the reason for the largest travel movement in the world.
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 since some time extensively.
The festival at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II
Usually, the Chinese New Year is celebrated in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II.
There is currently a ban on public celebrations until January 31, and the ban could be extended. Unfortunately, it is therefore unlikely that the celebration can be held on such short notice.
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.
There are usually numerous events for the Chinese New Year celebrations. Involved are theaters, museums and the center around Via dei Condotti. In this year, unfortunately, no initiatives have been published.