Dublin hosted Chinese New Year Festival

Musical performances, cooking demonstrations, literary readings, film screenings and children’s workshops marked past week of 2021 Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year festival which kicked off on last Tuesday.

There were more than 30 online events scheduled in the past days to mark the year of the Ox, the second symbol in the 12-year Chinese zodiac cycle.

Festival co-ordinator Muireann O’Sullivansaid members of the advisory panel felt the event “had to go ahead” despite Covid restrictions.

“Last year we had 118 events across two weeks. But this year we’ve still got 35 online events which is testament to the community involvement. It’s also incredible to see the level of interest from people in Dublin, it was all the more reason to make it happen during this tricky time,” said Ms O’Sullivan.

She expressed hope that the varied programme, which included a workshop on how to bring Feng Shui into your home and a special edition of the Three Castles Burning Dublin history podcast, would attract people from of all ages and backgrounds countrywide.

“We’ve got Donal Fallon talking about Parnell Street and Moore Street on his podcast and migration in general; how those communities have been shaped by people from all different backgrounds.”

In a time when anti-immigrant rhetoric is rising globally, a festival celebrating Chinese history and culture is “more important than ever”, added Ms O’Sullivan. The festival’s objective was to develop understanding of the east Asian-Irish relationship, she said.

This year’s event was also marked by well-known buildings across the capital being lit in red from Thursday.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu also commended the resource centre’s series of events, noting that the organisation was “a great example of how we, as a society, can support the social development, integration and leadership skills of Chinese families living in North East Inner City and learn from, embrace and value diversity”.

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