This past Saturday, February 9th, residents, performers and visitors kicked off the most important celebration of the Chinese holidays, El Año Nuevo in Barrio Chino. 2013 will be year 4711 according to the Chinese calendar and is associated with the water snake, a clever but unscrupulous creature.
Professionals set up kiosks on Arribenos and Mendoza to offer more uncommon services such as horoscope and palm readings as well as traditional fight demonstrations. Local vendors in Plaza Barrancas de Belgrano sold everything from asian finger foods to paper fans, origami and kimonos, drawing in thousands of people grasping shade to picnic under.
In an effort to further integrate Chinese culture with Argentinian society, organizers Golden Wall in conjunction with the Government of the City of Buenos Aires and Chinatown offered a full line up at the mega screen in Glorieta Square which included everything from traditional Dragon Dance and live orchestra tango to Chinese Opera.