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Spring festival celebrations worldwide

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Added On February 14, 2018

For Chinese, the Chinese New Year, or Spring Festival as it's also known, is the biggest holiday.
 
But it's not just being celebrated in China, with millions of people around the world also looking to join in the celebrations.
 
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In Argentina, the celebration started after the dragon's pupils are touched up.  
 
Thousands of Argentinean citizens and Chinese residents in the capital city celebrated the Spring Festival and enjoyed traditional dance, music, and acrobatics.
 
SOUNDBITE(Spanish) YANG CHUANYING, Cultural counselor, Chinese Embassy: 
"(The Chinese New Year) now forms part of a formal activity of celebration in the city of Buenos Aires and today has become a cultural marker, it's now very famous in Argentina."
 
The festival is packed with more than 20 pavilions, offering Chinese cultural highlights like: Kung fu, Face painting, the Beijing Opera, and traditional medicine.
 
SOUNDBITE(Spanish) ADRIAN VARELA, Buenos Aires government official
"The people of Buenos Aires accept and easily integrate other communities, which, today for the Chinese New Year, in the city of Buenos Aires, there is a massive event for all the people of Buenos Aires."
 
Meanwhile, Madrid made the official presentation of the Chinese New Year celebrations, saying the Spanish capital will be filled with "color and dance" to ring in the Chinese Year of the Dog.
 
SOUNDBITE: RITA MAESTRE, Madrid Town Hall spokesperson
"We are once again celebrating this fiesta with over 4000 years history, which as in every year will take over the city center and the Usera neighborhood to fill it with color and dances and cultural activities, which aim to reach all of the inhabitants of the city and everyone in Usera takes part in."
 
The Madrid local authority is teaming up with the Chinese Embassy to run a month of events, from Feb. 12 until March 11.
   
Chinese ambassador to Spain Lyu Fan said the Chinese are made to be feel welcome in Madrid, thanks to the local "positive attitude".
   
SOUNDBITE: LYU FAN, Chinese ambassador to Spain
"I want to highlight the valuable support of the Madrid Town Hall and Community highlights the friendship of the Spanish people, which is characterized by the talent for inclusion towards the Chinese community. This is a vivid example of mutual learning between two cultures and shows the friendship between two countries with excellent bilateral relations."
 
Among this year's events are the China Taste food festival held in 16 of the capital's most prestigious Chinese restaurants. 
   
Madrid's National Auditorium will once again host its traditional Chinese New Year concert on Feb. 14. 
 
While the big day will be hosted by the Usera district of Madrid, home to many Chinese residents. The three-day event will feature a traditional street parade, children's workshops, and demonstrations of Chinese calligraphy, martial arts, and tai-chi.
   
The rest of the month will also feature Chinese crafts, exhibitions, concerts, and films.
 
In Rabat, a traditional Chinese fair is being held to welcome the Chinese Lunar New Year for the first time.
 
More than 100,000 tourists and Chinese businessmen arrived in Morocco this year.
 
SOUNDBITE: LI LI, Chinese ambassador to Morocco
"It is the occasion for me to share the Chinese craftsmanship with the Chinese and Moroccan friends of Rabat,we presented the modern Chinese dance and today we have objects of the traditional culture and that gives us different aspects, and I hope it can be a gift for Chinese and Moroccan friends."
 
In U.S., a dumpling festival organized by local Chinese community was held in Chicago at the weekend, drawing hundreds of local residents to experience one of China's most iconic food. 
 
Along with making dumplings, visitors could also try paper cutting, writing Chinese characters and guessing lantern riddles.