Celebrating the Chinese New Year in the City of Light

Celebrating the Chinese New Year in the City of Light

Only a few days ago, we rang in the new year as 2014 began with a bang. However, we should not forget that the Chinese New Year is just around the corner as well. This year, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 31, 2014 and surprisingly, Paris offers up a number of fun activities allowing revelers to celebrate the holiday.

In fact, the celebration will last several days as Parisians welcome the Year of the Horse. From parades and concerts to exhibitions and conferences, visitors will not be disappointed by the myriad of ways they can take part in the new year festivities. Guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg can take advantage of their central location by visiting several different neighborhoods where special events are happening.

Visitors can start off in the famous Marais neighborhood, where previous activities have included Chinese art exhibitions, martial arts demonstrations, and conferences on Chinese literature and illustration. Those looking to let loose will also enjoy the dances and concerts that are usually planned for this celebration in the 3rd arrondissement of Paris.

What’s more, Paris’s most famous Chinese New Year parade takes place in the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, so visitors will be in an excellent spot to enjoy the event. This year, the parade will most likely take place Saturday, February 1 or Sunday, February 2.

Another great spot to ring in the Chinese New Year is the 13th arrondissement, where the Parisian Chinatown is located. Home to many Chinese shops and eateries, the neighborhood offers a cultural richness that makes it a must-see. A parade is also in the works for this area, where thousands of people will participate in order to animate the 13th district even more. A precise date has not yet been set for the parade, but it will most likely occur on Saturday, February 8 or Sunday, February 9.

These events therefore provide plenty of chances for curious travelers to experience the Chinese New Year, Paris-style!