The Government of the Republic of Serbia, the Embassy of the Republic of China in Belgrade and the Belt and Road Institute in cooperation with the cities of Belgrade, Novi Sad, Niš, Bor and Smederevo are organizing the Chinese New Year celebration in the Republic of Serbia from January 21 to 26, 2023. All the collected funds will be directed to charity.
The opening of the manifestation began yesterday at 5 pm in Belgrade, on Kalemegdan, in the presence of high-ranking officials of the Republic of Serbia, the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and the city of Belgrade with spectacular fireworks. Officials will revive the traditional dance of the Lion Game, which will lead the crowd through Knez Mihajlova Street to Republic Square, where the Festival of Tastes of the Belt and Road, which has a humanitarian character, will be held. The celebration in Belgrade will continue on Sunday, January 22, from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Apart from Belgrade, the Chinese New Year will also be celebrated in Bor (January 23), Novi Sad (January 24), Smederevo (January 25) and Nis (January 26), everywhere starting at 5 p.m. where until 9 p.m. to be able to take part in a humanitarian action and try the specialties of several countries of the Belt and Road, but also to enjoy the Lion Game, the performance of martial arts and the performance of Cuđu (Ancient Chinese
All contents and the prepared program reflect the friendship of the people of the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Serbia in the traditional celebration of the Chinese New Year, but in addition, it will bring the idea and comprehensive approach to the great initiative Belt and Road closer to all visitors, by presenting data and facts about the implementation of the initiative.
The Government of the Republic of Serbia hereby invites all citizens to come to celebrate the Lunar New Year in their local governments or those closest to them and have fun, learn something new and get acquainted with Chinese traditions. In addition, a pavilion will be set up in the premises of the official celebration where artists who work with handicrafts will show their skills and craftsmanship. This humanitarian caravan flavors and gifts of friendship, such as a small square from a fairy tale where you can find food and other products, for a charity contribution of 200 dinars, guests will be given the opportunity to receive a meal and a non-alcoholic drink from one of the cuisines of the member countries of the Belt and Road initiative, and for the same the minimum amount and to be tested in the humanitarian knowledge quiz for which prizes have been prepared. At the same time, everyone who participates in the quiz knowledge will also be able to participate in a prize competition that will be jointly prepared by the Belt and Road Institute and the Chinese Cultural Center, where the main prizes will be two round-trip airline tickets on direct flights to China!
All the revenue collected at the Friendship Caravan on the Belt and Road is intended to be directed to humanitarian purposes, namely in Belgrade – Center for accommodation and daycare for children and youth with developmental disabilities, in Novi Sad – Red Cross, in Smederevo – Red Cross – soup kitchen, in Niš – Center for the provision of social welfare services “Mara” Niš and in Bor – General Hospital Bor, children’s department, and the remaining food will be donated to the Food Bank, according to the announcement.