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Chinese New Year in Paris - parade dragon

Chinese New Year 2016

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For nearly 3 weeks, Paris fixes its eye on Asia as it prepares to ring in the Chinese New Year. This year, the official celebrations will be held on February 8, 2016, but other several events before and after this date will be taking place in the capital. From special asian art exhibitions to the famous dragon parade in Paris' China Town, come experience and appreciate the tradition and origins of the Chinese New Year 2016.

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Chinese New Year

In a city where the Asian diaspora is omnipresent, it would be impossible to ignore the most celebrated holiday in Asia: the Chinese New Year. On February 8th 2016, to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Monkey, several events will be organized in 3 areas of Paris: Le Marais, Belleville, and the 13th arrondissement.

Last year, for kids, the Grand Carnaval Chinois (the Grand Chinese Carnival) took place in the Jardin d’Acclimation. We will keep you updated on the existance of this event (and the date) as soon as the information will be released.

Discover below a list of the major events, listed by neighborhood.

Le Marais

The Chinese New Year Parade that takes place in Le Marais area is truly one of the most beautiful and captivating parades in Paris. It will start at 2:30 pm and its route will most likely be around the Rue du Temple, Rue de Brtagne, Rue de Turbigo and Rue Beaubourg streets. The final itinerary will be posted once confirmed.

The list of the special exhibitions and other events (concerts, conferences) taking place in the Marais during the Chinese New Year 2016 period will be updated soon


You'll have to wake up a bit earlier to enjoy the "Opening of the Dragon's Eye" ceremony in Belleville on Monday February 8th 2016. Grab a coffee and head out to metro Belleville at 10:30 am. Once the imaginary dragon is awake, it will be marching through the streets of northern Paris (Boulevard de la Villette, Rue de Belleville, Rue du Faubourg du Temple). The precise itinerary will be confirmed shortly before the event.

13th arrondissement

The massive Chinese New Year parade in the 13th arrondissement (the heart of Paris' Chinatown) will take place on Monday February 8th 2016 between 1 and 5 PM. Usually, some 2,000 people take part in the parade. Imaginary lions, dragons (and monkeys this year) danse in front of 200,000 spectators. The parade's traditional route is 44 Avenue d’Ivry, Avenue de Choisy, Place d’Italie, Avenue d’Italie, Rue de Tolbiac, Avenue de Choisy, Boulevard Massény, Avenue d’Ivry.

In addition, several events will take place in the 13th arrondissement town hall before and after the main festivities: concerts, performances, movie screenings, and photography and painting exhibitions. All this will be updated prior to the annual event.


The Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, dates back to ancient times, and marks the first day of the first month on the lunar calendar. Once tied to agricultural production cycles, it is celebrated today over multiple days to bring in happiness and prosperity. Traditionally, the celebrations consist of:

  • Cleaning of the home the day before
  • A New Years eve dinner with many auspiciously named dishes
  • A New Years eve celebration with hopes for a long life, often accompanied by a game of mah-jong
  • Distribution of money in red envelopes as a New Years gift
  • And finally, lighting of firecrackers to cast away evil spirits

It is also recommended to pay a visit to the temple after New Years Eve.

The Chinese New Year period traditionally ends with the Lantern Festival, but that's not really the case in Paris though...

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