Chinese New Year in Helsinki
The year of the rooster has begun! The Chinese New Year began on January 28 and will end on February 15, 2018 and, unlike our calendar that follows the solar cycle, China’s calendar runs by the lunar cycle. I googled to check the predictions of the New Year and, from what I found, 2017 is meant to be full of courage, honesty and ambition.
I also found that this year is part of the fire element so some websites called it the Fire Rooster year! I do not understand much about the Chinese horoscope, but I find it quite interesting how they correlate the characteristics of the regent animal with the element!
On Friday, in a joint celebration with Beijing, Helsinki celebrated their New Year! It was a festivity sponsored by Finnair, which had presentations, stands with typical products, an ice sculpture of a rooster and lots of food! In addition, they even had fireworks in the evening!
We arrived early, just as soon as it opened! My husband had a meeting at the university that evening, so we managed to go before it to enjoy a bit! The presentations were starting, so we did not see all of them, but the stands were already full!
The ice sculpture was also a super attraction. Two men were sculpting – free handed – a rooster that was quite big and fantastic! The entire crowd was amazed to see them working!
There was plenty of happy Chinese people there, plus the Finns and people from every corner! In a matter of minutes, the entire boardwalk was packed!
We love to eat at these kind of festivities! In Brazil, we would always go whenever we had one near our community haha! We tried some of the food and, by the time we left, we had practically dined!!
I think it was a very nice celebration for the Chinese who live here in Finland! It was a way for them to feel closer to home and to celebrate, just as we celebrated ours, their New Year that is to come!