The 10 February marks Chinese New Year, heralding the beginning of the Year of the Snake. Celebrations are already underway in São Paulo and will culminate in a big street festival on 2 and 3 February, at Praça da Liberdade and Rua Galvão Bueno in Liberdade, traditionally the Japanese heartland of São Paulo’s, though with a growing Chinese population.
Look out for stalls selling gyozas, spring rolls, yakisoba and other Asian fast foods, while martial arts and dance performances, paying homage to the snake, will take over the streets. For a more hands-on experience, sign up to a workshop in Mandarian calligraphy or feng-shui.
Over 150,000 party-goers are expected at the celebrations, organised by the Junior International Chamber, a youth organisation that organises cultural and business-related events.