Milan celebrates Chinese New Year

17-18 Feb. Milan’s Chinatown’s most important holiday.

The highlight of the Chinese calendar, the New Year – this time the year of the dog – will bring Milan’s Chinese community onto the streets at the weekend with lights, procession and music.

The procession, focussed on Via Paolo Sarpi, a few minutes north of Parco Sempione and the heart of Chinatown, will represent dragons and lions, symbols of good luck all across Asia. The start is planned for Sunday at 14.00 in Piazza Gramsci, near the M5 metro station Gerusalemme.

For the occasion, the Triennale in Viale Emilio Alemagna is offering kids’ workshops on Saturday and Sunday to learn to create the traditional “hairy monkey” dolls and Zhang figures.

On Saturday, the holiday weekend will start with a festival open to everyone in the Casa dei Diritti in Via Edmondo De Amicis 10, with demonstrations of calligraphy, king-fu, dancing, songs and of course traditional Chinese food.