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A call for the press this morning to the Buddha Bar – Budapest , was to spread the news to the forthcoming arrangements here in Budapest, connected to the Chinese New Year… the Year of the Snake.

In the Chinese zodiac there are twelve symbolic animals: the … Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Ram, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.

Exact origins of the Chinese zodiac are unknown, but common folklore has it that these are the 12 animals to reach Heaven in a race.

Some snake years  from the past: 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and 2001.

About the Snake it self … The snake has a mixed reputation in China. It is associated with intelligence, beauty and wisdom, but also in count of pride and anger.

So the world’s population, cca. ¼th celebrates on February, 10 the „Chunjie” the ’Springfest”. The final countdown for the Year of the Dragon has come and entering the Year of the Snake. The Chinese New Year … In China  … To China is considered to be the biggest mass human migration on Earth.

In China, as in the previous years the night before the following year’s animal stands in the zodiac, the nation  turns on their TV set to watch the gala taking place in Beijing  for all those people who are not present at the show,  to see the variety performances in their cosy homes.

In China vast crowds of people will be in the move, making journeys of thousands of kilometers, sometimes lasting several days to be able to join, see, hear,  feel the grand festival in the air.

You don’t know yet where to join the celebration to the Chinese Lunar New Year here in  Budapest?

Well, you are lucky to be at the right place to get the information. Needn’t have to travel for days  to reach the scene and get  into the mood. We are about to celebrate together with the Chinese population living here in Hungary the biggest celebration in China, the Chinese Lunar New Year that is about to happen here in  Budapest.

The full day of entertainment will carry on from, 10 a.m. till 9 p.m. at the

Millennium Center this  coming week-end on Sunday, February, 10.Millennium (Hall B)

District 2, 16-20 Kis Rókus Str. Budapest

Attractions throughout the Day from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Lion dance, martial arts demos, Cup Kung Fu, calligraphy, Eastern cuisine, Dr. Chen ‘s „clinic”, 1000 Tea Teahouse and tea ceremony, Chinese medicine, ping-pong. Hungarian-Chinese Orchestra – led by Mr. Béla Augustine.  Interactive audience exercises: Mediball, Taiji Quan,Qigong and Kung fu. At the exhibition Hall Exclusive works of calligrapher Zhang Wei Chinese calligraphy can be visited by the public. Also Xinhua News Agency’s photos supported by the Center of Asia.

Continuing at 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Gala performance, “Happy Chinese New Year” with the Guangxi Acrobatic Society and the Chinese artists living in Hungary at the Millennium’s main stage.

Of course the traditional foods associated with long life and good luck as a key part of Lunar New Year festival will not be missing.

The full day program is supported by the European Integration Fund.

Featured sponsor is the Asia Center –  Budapest.

Update and snaps  by Aggie Reiter

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