Happy Lunar New Year of the Monkey! {Paris Street Photos}

Bonne_année_du_singe_2016_II.jpg Nuit de Chine © 2016 CHANT WAGNER

All Best Wishes on the New Chinese Lunar Year of the Monkey! Here are a few pictures taken on the eve of its celebrations in Paris, France...

Bonne_année_du_singe_2016.jpg Singes rutilants © 2016 CHANT WAGNER

"Do not tear the boxes please" reads a sign placed in front of golden boxes of sweets surmounted by a mischievous monkey.

Branches_de_Cerisier_Ivry.jpg Branches de cerisier à Ivry © 2016 CHANT WAGNER

A young woman is carrying cherry tree branches, a popular bloom to decorate one's home with for the New Year, and whose buds symbolize a fresh start to the year ahead.

Tang_la_boutique_de_fleurs.jpg The Chinese New Year Gift Shop I © 2016 CHANT WAGNER

Red symbolizes prosperity and it could be seen splashed all around a gift shop in Paris Chinatown, while an orange tree in the entryway ensured good luck and prosperity would enter the home of whoever would buy it. Oranges and tangerines also symbolize the color gold.

Tang_3.jpg The Chinese New Year Gift Shop II © 2016 CHANT WAGNER

While these photos do not necessarily show how crowded the place was, it was, most definitely jam-packed.

Happy New Year! / 新年快乐

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