Chinese New Year, or Chinese Spring Festival, always falls between late January and mid-February. In 2018 the new year is from 16 February 2018, and it is dedicated to the Dog. The 7 days that follow new year’s day are a public holiday in China, as it’s Spring Festival.
If you want to celebrate Chinese New Year in Milan you should head to Via Paolo Sarpi and its neighborhood, as this area is one of the two widest Chinatowns of Italy (the other is in Prato, Tuscany) (read our article about Milan Chinatown!).
After a preparation period, the culmination moment will be at the end of festivities, when in Milan, like in China, spectators will have the chance to attend a Golden Dragon Parade, the Chinese lion dance and a final masked parade. Usually the starting point of the parade is from the end of Via Paolo Sarpi (Piazza Gramsci) roughly at 2 pm and celebrations last until 8 pm.
This year the Dragon parade is set on 18 February.
In the Chinese culture, the fifteenth day of the New Year is celebrated with the Lantern Festival, which marks the traditional end of the Spring Festival. It is still unknown whether this year there will be a Lantern Festival in Milan, with the release of sky lanterns at the end of the day – in the past, it was sometimes organized by locals living in the district of Milan Chinatown.
Celebrate Chinese New Year at the Fidenza Village Outlet – roughly 100 km from Milan
Luxury outlet Fidenza Village offers its guests the chance to enjoy Chinese New Year 2018 with special promotions and initiatives including free shuttle service, extra savings and more. >> Learn more all the promotions at Fidenza Village on our article