Monday, January 23, 2012

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Paris!

Happy Chinese New Year!

2012 is the year of the Dragon, specifically the Water Dragon, an occurrence which only happens once every 60 years! The water Dragon is the most powerful of the 12 signs of the zodiac and is a symbol of idealism, high energy, determination, and represents both mobility and positive change.

In 2012, Chinese New Year falls earlier than in most years, beginning today, Monday, January 23rd and ending on Sunday, January 29th. This year in Paris, the main parade to celebrate the Chinese New year is on Sunday, January 29th. It begins at 1:30 pm at 44 Avenue d'Ivry in the 13th arrondissement. There is also a second parade on Sunday which begins at 1:00 pm at Place Frehel in the Belleville neighborhood.

Dragon and Dragon dancers in Paris!

There is a large Chinese community in Paris and two areas referred to as "Chinatown."  In recognition of this, the Chinese New Year is celebrated with dynamic and energetic street festivals and parades. Chinese New Year parades in Paris are known for their elaborate decorations including red lanterns, dragons and tigers, and bright orange fish. Fireworks accompany the parade as well as dragon and lion dances and martial arts demonstrations!

Chinese red lanterns in "Chinatown" in the 13th arrondissement in Paris

I can't make it to Paris for Chinese New year (such a shame!) but I just came back from a trip to Las Vegas where our hotel, The Wynn, displayed amazingly beautiful Chinese New Year decorations. Take a look at The Wynn's Chinese New Year dragons. My pictures don't do justice to the size and beauty of these decorations!

Au revoir, Mitty

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