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It is very exciting to teach our culture so they can understand us better

Hundreds of people, with their respective cell phones, immortalized everything that happened in the parade where the Chinese community celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Dragon in Zaragoza. This is the scene experienced this cold and cloudy Sunday from Alfonso Street to Plaza del Pilar, where they continue music and dance performances.

The City Council of Zaragoza and the Confucius Institute of the University of Zaragoza organize one more year of celebration activities, also known as the Spring Festival, the most important traditional holiday of the year in the Chinese calendar. The Minister of Culture, Education, and Tourism, Sara Fernández, and the rector of the Aragonese campus, José Antonio Mayoral, led the start of the parade, with the special assistance of the Chinese ambassador to Spain, Yao Jing. Afterward, he was received by the mayor of Zaragoza, Natalia Chueca, and signed into the book of honor of the city.

Families with children, elderly couples, people from other Spanish cities, and many Chinese compatriots will not want to miss this celebration. “Almost all of our Chinese who live in this city participated in the parade. It is a way of celebrating the lunar calendar. We also meet for lunch with friends and relatives, and we wish each other a happy new year,” he said. Wang Juan was a teacher at the Confucius Institute in Zaragoza for three years.

The young man, Ji Zhang year, got to play a lion in the parade. “It’s very exciting. It teaches our Chinese culture to everyone in Zaragoza so they can understand us better,” he said. In his view, there are still some stereotypes that have nothing to do with the Chinese community. “They lose all the diversity that we have in music, traditions, dance, etc. We are not all the same, and we are not all doing the same thing,” he pointed out.

The same goes for young people Vanessa Hernandez, who is from China, is grateful that the city celebrates the Chinese New Year while he did not miss any detail of the parade. “Many people can enjoy a part of what China is by living in Zaragoza,” he emphasized.

Those who did not expect to participate in the parade were Zhou, but at the last moment, his grandfather, whom he accompanied, put him in the entourage. “I thought I would go as a spectator. All of Zaragoza was watching us, he declared with a little embarrassment and nervousness, but at the same time excitement. “It means tradition.”

In the parade, there is no shortage of giant puppet dragons, lions, and Chinese compatriots dressed in various traditional Chinese costumes. Nor the Coscorrón y la Pólvora animation band. “The smell of gunpowder is characteristic of the new year, and it helps to expel evil spirits. In Beijing, when the Chinese New Year is celebrated, there is smoke for two days,” explained the Vietnamese woman. brother who went with her husband (from Tudela) and her daughter to Zaragoza.

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