Chinese Year of Pig marked with celebrations across country

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 05-02-2019 08:34:00 · 1 Comments
Chinese Year of Pig marked with celebrations across country

Portugal is gearing up to celebrate Chinese New Year from 5 to 7 February, as Chinese people celebrate the start of the Year of the Pig with events in the capital, Lisbon, the northern city of Vila do Conde, and Lagoa, in the country's southernmost region, the Algarve.

According to Chinese tradition, the pig is the last animal in the 12-year zodiac cycle and its year is considered to be a time for reflecting on the past in order to get ready for a new cycle.

The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important date in the year for Chinese people and has gained in inportance worldwide as China's influence spreads and cultural exchange increases, China's ambassador in Portugal said in a statement.

Indeed, the festivity has become a "Chinese cultural brand" in Portugal, where celebrations are Europe's "most elaborate," according to the statement, which notes that five big events have taken place in the country since 2014.

One of the highlights of the celebrations in Portugal - which coincide with the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Portugal and China - is a show by the China National Peking Opera Company, performing "The Warrior Women of Yang" on 9 February at Lisbon's São Carlos Theatre and on 11 February at the Arade Congress Centre in Lagoa.

Other events in Lisbon include a parade on 9 February and a traditional fair the following day.

Chinese New Year celebrations last year took place in over 140 countries and 500 cities.


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By SuZen from Lisbon on 09-02-2019 11:00
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