Chinese New Year's Eve 2022: where and when celebrate in Italy and some tips from the oriental tradition to the Year of the Tiger

The Chinese New Year doesn’t have a fixed date but varies according to the lunar calendar: it usually falls between January and February. The meaning, however, is the same as our New Year: the end of a cycle and the beginning of a new period. In this article, you will discover some curiosities about the Chinese tradition linked to the change of the year, which cities in Italy host the celebrations and some predictions about this 2022, born in the sign of the Water-Tiger.

Chinese New Year traditions to live in Italy

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The Chinese New Year takes place during the second full moon of the year, in other words on the fifteenth day of the lunar month. The festival lasts 15 days and ends with the famous lantern festival, which this year will be held on 15 February. If you decide to celebrate this picturesque occasion here in Italy, read below to discover some elements of Chinese tradition to look out for.

Fireworks

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China is the birthplace of gunpowder, so it's not surprising that fireworks are such an important part of the New Year celebrations. Fireworks are set off during the festivities at the stroke of midnight to symbolise the end of the old year and the beginning of the new. Along with the fireworks, bells are rung everywhere as a sign of good fortune for the coming year. Italy and China share this fascinating passion: it will be a sensational spectacle!

Dragon Fest and Lantern Festival

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Both spectacular traditions have become symbols of Chinese New Year around the world. During the Dragon Dance and the less famous but equally evocative Lion Dance, huge crowds of people dance and sing through the streets of cities, carrying paper representations of these powerful animals in procession.

During the Lantern Festival, which marks the end of Chinese New Year, the streets are filled with colour: you can see flying and standing lanterns of all shapes and sizes everywhere. These lanterns are left on display all day and night and the spectacle is truly picturesque!

Red color

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Wondering what to wear for the celebrations? Whatever you like, as long as it's red! There are many rituals in Chinese tradition to prepare for the New Year and one of them is to use the colour red for everything: for clothes, underwear, wrapping presents, decorating streets and doorways and, of course, letting beautiful red lanterns fly.

What to eat

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Chinese cuisine is one of the tastiest in the world and if you get peckish while strolling around the city, don't hesitate to stop at a Chinese restaurant or delicatessen to fully experience all the flavours and aromas of this ancient culture.

Here are some tips on what to eat on New Year's Eve to keep up with tradition. The Chinese pay maniacal attention to the preparation of dishes during the New Year: each one has its meaning and must be served according to a precise ritual.

Fish, for example, is a symbol of abundance and a good omen for a year full of good fortune. To attract good luck, however, this dish should be eaten last. Dumplings symbolise wealth, so during some New Year's Eve dinners, some cooks insert a small copper coin inside a dumpling and whoever finds it will become rich. Spring rolls symbolise prosperity, agglutinated rice cake brings growth, rice noodles happiness and long life. Sweet rice balls are a symbol of family harmony

Nothing remains permanent in the world, change is only the eternal fact.

Proverbio cinese

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Italy in 2022

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The three Italian cities with the largest Chinese communities are Milan, Rome and Prato, and it is here that the most beautiful New Year parades take place.

In Prato, the celebrations were cancelled this year due to the epidemiological situation.

In Rome, preparations for New Year's Eve are in full swing. Beijing and the Eternal City have been twinned since 1998. The main celebration is held in Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II in the Esquiline district. Many Chinese have settled in this area of the city, where you can find goods not only from China but from the entire Eastern market.

Milan is home to Italy's largest Chinese community, and it is here that New Year's Eve is at its most spectacular and atmospheric. In the famous Paolo Sarpi street, the heart of Milan's Chinatown, you can find restaurants, delicatessens, clothes shops, hardware shops and Chinese handicrafts open all year round.

The appearance of red lanterns in Chinatown these days is a sign of hope after the parade was cancelled two years in a row because of Covid.

Where to celebrate Chinese New Year in Italy in 2022

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February 1st, 2022 will mark the beginning of the Year of the Tiger. However, this will be a very special Tiger as it will be associated with the element of Water, an event that only happens every 60 years, whereas it is normally associated with Wood.

Those who are born under the sign of the Tiger will face an unlucky year because they will offend the God of Age. But don't worry: to fight against bad luck, it will be enough to wear red clothes and accessories made of jade. People born in these years are dominated by the Tiger: 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998 and 2010. They are usually active, positive people, with great leadership skills but sometimes too proud and with high self-esteem.

For all the other signs, the year 2022, dominated by the Water Tiger, will be a year of great opportunities to be seized as the Tiger is a symbol of courage and stubbornness. The element of Water, however, makes these energies difficult to control and unpredictable. It will therefore be a year without half measures, characterised by light and shade, successes and failures, greatness and abysses.

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