Fireworks, dragons and drums: Madrid rings in the Chinese New Year
Ken Browne in Madrid
'El Ano de Conejo', or the Year of the Rabbit, was brought in with a bang in Madrid, as the Spain's Chinese community bade farewell to the winter and welcomed the New Year as part of their Spring Festival celebrations.
Festivities took place around Madrid, but the biggest party was in the city's unofficial Chinatown in Usera, home to the largest concentration of Chinese people in the capital.
The community in Madrid has doubled in size over the last 15 years, with now over 60,000 Chinese residents living there.
That's made this year's planning, especially after the hiatus on festivities due to COVID-19, all the more important.
"We have to make a good job with the celebration – the drums, the fireworks, dragons and lions – so that we remove all the monsters, bad energy and bad luck from everyone," says Juania Wang, the Chinese Cultural Promotion President in Madrid.