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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 dublinchi­ne­se­

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