Tuesday 19 September 2017

Year of the Fire Rooster ready to set capital alight

Model Yomiko Chen helped launch the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival with the help of a Lion and Unicorn. Photo: Mark Condren
Model Yomiko Chen helped launch the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival with the help of a Lion and Unicorn. Photo: Mark Condren
Kirsty Blake Knox

Kirsty Blake Knox

Feng shui masterclasses, intense ping pong tournaments, and sika deer spotting in the Phoenix Park are some of the activities on offer as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.

The Year of the Fire Rooster will mark the 10th anniversary of the Dublin festival, which was launched at Dublin Castle yesterday.

The festival runs for two weeks, from January 27 to February 12, and will see a range of activities and celebrations take place around the city centre.

Classes in the art of Chinese lantern making will take place in the Chester Beatty Library on February 4, while punters will be able to hitch a ride on a culinary bike tour of Dublin's Chinese quarter on January 29.

Irish and Chinese ping pong legends will take part in a high-stakes contest in Temple Bar's Buskers on the Ball on February 1.

The festival will kick off on Friday, January 27, in Meeting House Square at 7pm complete with Chinese dragons, drummers and daring circus performers.

The Lunar New Year falls on January 28.

People born in the Year of the Fire Rooster are known for their trustworthy nature and are also good at timekeeping.

In the Chinese city of Taiyuan, the new year was marked with the construction of a giant Donald Trump inspired rooster statue.

The Year of the Rooster is the 10th symbol in the Zodiac sign.

Irish Independent

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