The Chinese New Year is now well and truly celebrated in many countries. On 8th February 2016, the sign of the Goat will give way to the sign of the Monkey for a year. For those who can’t go to the famous parade in Hong-Kong, Cityoki has done a round-up of the best parades celebrating the new lunar year in cities elsewhere.
An outstanding parade in Paris – 8th February 2016
Comprising over 600,000 people, the French Chinese population organizes some magnificent parades all around Paris. To see sparklers and dragons and tigers prancing, the traditional parade in the Marais district is the place to be. It is considered one of the finest parades in the capital. Ever more imaginative, the Chinese quarter in 13th arrondissement is also one of the most attended festive venues with its famous costumed parade attracting nearly 200,000 people.
To see the programme for this event in Paris
A colourful parade in New York – 14th February 2016
Each year, half a million spectators stroll through the streets of New York to admire the traditional Chinese New Year lunar ceremony. It is a highly colourful parade with nearly 10,000 people in costume giving life to lion dances and dragon parades. The 16th edition of the big parade leaves from the Little Italy district and threads its way between the skyscrapers, to the heart of Manhattan.
Find out about the festivities in New York
Traditional dances in London – 14th February 2016
The large Far Eastern community in London comes together every year to celebrate Chinese New Year. On 8th February, hundreds of thousands of people will flock to the West End to wish one another Kung Hei Fat Choi. To mark the Chinese New Year 2016, a large parade starts the celebrations in the centre of London. Traditional firecrackers and fireworks are part of the festival, set off to chase away evil spirits. There are many festivities organized in Trafalgar Square, Chinatown and Shaftesbury Avenue.
To find out about the event in London