Did your New Year’s Eve celebrations fail to live up to expectations? Well, now’s your chance to do it all over again, and get it right….
One of Dublin’s most colourful and exciting festivals, the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival will be staging a welcome return, with celebrations kicking off this Saturday the 28th January for two weeks of thought-provoking talks, flavoursome food, cultural curiosities, thrilling tours, and masterful musical performances. Now in its tenth year, the festival promises to be an even more dazzling affair than ever before.
Chinese astrology is one of the oldest astrological systems known to man, and unlike Western astrology, which is broken down into the 12 months of the year, its Chinese counterpart is based upon a twelve-year lunar cycle. 2017 is the year of the Fire Rooster, and with the year that’s in it, the celebrations are guaranteed to be nothing less than fiery!
Designed to celebrate diversity and inclusiveness, and to enhance Sino-Irish friendship, this two-week gala will offer Dubliners, tourists, and Chinese ex-pats alike the opportunity to enjoy an authentic slice of a unique, vibrant culture, in the heart of Dublin.
Among the many exciting events on the agenda, one of the most eagerly anticipated is undoubtedly Sunday the 29th’s Asian Flavour Lazy Bike Tour, when, on an electric bike (courtesy of the Lazy Bike Tour Company) appetites will be worked up, while festive attendees cycle through Dublin’s Chinatown, discovering the history of the neighbourhood, in between stops to sample authentic cuisine at a number of eateries in the area.
Want to brush up on your Chinese culinary skills, but don’t know where to start? Why not drop in to the Cookery Masterclass at Cooks Academy Cookery School, where award winning chef Kwanghi Chan, and renowned American-Chinese food writer Mei Chin will be on hand to guide aspiring chefs through the creation of four traditional dishes.
On Thursday the 9th of February, forgo the after-work pints and discover that there’s more to tea than a lukewarm mug of builder’s brew and a digestive biscuit, when the leafy environs of the National Botanic Gardens plays host to the refined simplicity of a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
Family friendly events, such as the Spring Festival Fair at the CHQ building, are a wonderful way to introduce the little ones to the singular traditions of the East, including martial arts displays, shadow puppetry, lessons in dragon and lion dancing and of course, a selection of delicious, traditional food and drink.
Finally, it wouldn’t be a New Year’s celebration without the singing of a few off-key tunes. Lao Restaurant in the heart of Chinatown is hosting a Karaoke and Chinese Bites night on Sunday 5th February, where revelers can step into the spotlight and belt out all their favourite Chinese and English ditties to their hearts content.
As the name would suggest, the Fire Rooster is synonymous with punctuality in the Chinese Zodiac, so don’t be late!
Tickets and a full programme of events are available now on http://www.dublinchinesenewyear.com/