The Year of the Pig
Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is celebrating the Year of the Pig in 2019, completing a full cycle of the Chinese zodiac for the festival, which is now one of the biggest celebrations of Chinese New Year in Europe.
According to the Chinese zodiac, a pig represents luck, good fortune, wealth, honesty and people born in a year of the pig are described as hard-working, truthful, generous, patient and sociable.
The Festival has talks, comedy, workshops for adults and children, excursions and tours, visual arts, performance, film, music and many other family friendly events, many of which are free to attend. It’s a great chance to explore the Spring Festival Fair, try your hand at Chinese square dancing and join in the Hill Street Family Resource Centre’s annual Chinese New Year celebration, where you can learn origami, tai chi and shadow puppetry. You can savour the tastes of Chinese cuisine with a food extravaganza, tasting sessions and cookery demonstrations. In hands-on workshops, learn more about the traditions around this Chinese celebration, make lanterns and explore symbolism in Chinese art. Once again, buildings around the city will be lit red from February 1 to 5. For details, see dublinchinesenewyear.com