The Year of the Wood Dragon – Celebrated at the Bucharest National Opera

NIRO Investment Group, the Romanian-Chinese House Association and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Romania, organized an extraordinary Cultural Gala last night to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The event was attended by representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited in Romania, local authorities, businessmen, art and culture, representatives of the Chinese community in Romania.

Held at the Bucharest National Opera, the event began with a grand concert by the orchestra of the Bucharest National Opera, which had Damian Drăghici as a special guest and performed emblematic musical compositions of Romanian culture. Among them are the Romanian Rhapsody no. 1, signed by George Enescu, the Ballade for violin and orchestra, composed by maestro Ciprian Porumbescu, as well as Hora Staccato, an unmistakable creation of Grigoraş Dinicu.

The outstanding performance continued with the appearance of the Allegretto Children's Choir on stage, and the traditional Chinese moment of the Gala was expressed by the impressive performance of the Artist Troupe from Quanzhou City, Fujian Province. The show also held exhibitions of fine arts and crafts originating from Quanzhou, accompanied by exciting live performances, an exquisite display of Quanzhou traditional costumes, martial arts, puppet show and more. The show was followed by an impressive display of fireworks, which crowned an evening dedicated to hope, joy, and friendship.

Chinese New Year, known as the Spring Festival, is one of the most notable holidays in Chinese culture and other Asian communities, marking the beginning of a new year in the Chinese lunar calendar. This festivity is associated with renewal, prosperity, and well-being. In the Chinese calendar, the year 2024 belongs to a special paradigm, being the Year of the Wood Dragon, considered the most noble and powerful Chinese zodiac sign. It is revered as a symbol of courage, success, and wisdom, associated with wealth and happiness.