Lunar New Year celebration starts on January 28 in Dublin

Chinese New Year, also known as Lunar New Year, is the most important event in the Chinese calendar. It implies family gatherings, food rituals, offerings at temples and fireworks. Numerous cities across Europe (Madrid, Paris, London, Amsterdam…) organize the celebration for the occasion, and one of those is also Dublin.

Dublin City Council has announced the series of events to take place in order to welcome the Year of the Tiger. The programme will run from January 28 to February 6 and will include light installations, performances, workshops and so much more.

Lord Mayor of Dublin Alison Gilliland stated: “It is about coming together to wish your loved ones good health, happiness and fortune for the coming year. During another challenging winter period, we can all appreciate the importance of these cherished traditions. Dublin Lunar New Year has returned with a wide variety of in-person and online events for Year of the Tiger. As Dubliners, we can be proud that for the last 14 years, our city has showcased the heritage and traditions of our Asian communities. This year’s vibrant festival of arts and culture brings light and delight to our city during the months of January and February.”

Many of Dublin’s buildings and landmarks will be lit up as part of celebrations. Additionally, The Royal Irish Academy of Music will present a series of online musical vignettes, highlighting talent from China, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Singapore, reports Dublin Live.

Also, an authentic Asian night market at Asia Market’s Ballymount location on February 3 will be organized, as well as touristic tours in Mandarin, East Asia Film Festival Ireland and K-Pop dance tutorials. (Photo credit: raz850/Pixabay)