Today is the first day of the Chinese New Year and last night was New Year’s Eve. There was an item about the event on last night’s 9 o’clock news on RTE, about 211/2 minutes in. There is coverage of the preparations for the celebration and the traditional banquets, plus the official celebrations at Dublin Castle, where there was a brief interview with the Chinese Ambassador. Because this is the Year of the Horse the Garda Horse Unit were in attendance.
Newstalk’s Breakfast Show this morning also covered the Chinese New Year celebrations, about 53 minutes into the show. One interviewee told the story of how the years got their names – the animals had held a race and each winner had a year named in their honour.
Celebrations will last until the 14th February. There will be art exhibitions in Cork City Hall and in Galway. On the 2nd February there will be the traditional Spring Festival Chinese Carnival in Temple Bar in Dublin. A host of authentic Chinese performances with dragon and lion dances, Tai Chi and martial arts displays, musical and dance entertainment will help ring in the New Year of the Horse. There will be a special Asian cooking demonstration with Chef Liu Guangcheng from London’s Chinatown, and children’s craft and art workshops.
You can find details of Dublin celebrations on these pages: –