Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year is just not celebrated in China, but is also celebrated in other parts of the world, especially where there is a large Chinese Community.
In 2017, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
France is one of those countries which has been celebrating the Chinese New Year in a big manner.
Paris has a large French-Chinese community and Chinese New Year is one of the city’s most popular annual events, with a parade and special performances.
The main celebrations take place at the 13th arrondissement of Paris which is the main Chinatown of Paris, officially known as the Triangle de Choisy or Petite Asie.
Paris each year to witness a cheerful procession of dancers and musicians, vibrantly-hued dragons and fish, and elegant flags embossed with Chinese characters.
Three major costumed parades which pass through several districts of Paris are organised by the resident Chinese communities, in celebration of Chinese New Year. These take place in the 13th arrondissement, in Marais and in Belleville.
The Chinese New Year parade in the 13th arrondissement is the largest Chinese New Year celebration in France. It welcomes people from all backgrounds who gather to watch the parade with its Chinese dragons and firecrackers. This parade is broadcast live on TV channels like TF1, France 2, M6, TMC, Canal +, etc.
Chinese New Year Parades in Paris are famed for their elaborate decorations (red lanterns, grinning dragons, lions, and tigers, bright orange fish) and for their somewhat boisterous cheer, which usually involves small firecrackers that leave a faint scent of smoke in the air.
The Chinese New Year Celebrations 2017 in Paris conclude with the Lantern festival which takes place 15 days after the Chinese New Year and on this day also grand parades are held in Paris.