Chinese New Year was celebrated on February 19th all over the world and Paris could not be an exception. The French capital is home to a vibrant community of ethnic Chinese, originated mainly from Indochina and Zhejiang.
Firecrackers and dragons
Last Saturday, we were having a stroll in the heart of Le Marais, when we suddenly heard firecrackers and the loud sound of cymbals and drums. Before realizing what is going on, we were surrounded by Chinese people performing the Lion and Dragon dance. This was my first time experiencing Chinese New Year celebrations, and what a great photo opportunity it was!
Apparently, the loud sound of the drums and the cymbals together with the fearful face of the Dragon and Lion scare the evil spirits away. Well, they certainly did scare a lot of Parisians, who were still enjoying their late Saturday morning coffee and croissant in the nearby cafés.
Happy Goat Year!
Was Chinese New Year celebrated in your town?