The Chinise colony in Costa Rica is getting ready to celebrate the year of the snake. On February 12, at 10am, Chinatown in downtown San José will be the scene for the world largest fried rice, a dish that can be enjoyed by as many as 7.000 people.
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the ‘Spring Festival’, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year’s Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month. The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.
This year it falls on the 10th of February 2013 and is the year of the snake.
Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festival in the Chinese calendar.
This year, the Chinese community has its very own Chinatown, a project developed by the Municipalidad de San José and China’s government.