Roaring start to Chinese Year of the Tiger
Kung Hei Fat Choy, Happy New Year.
Hundreds of revellers were treated to a taste of the Orient as they welcomed the arrival of the Chinese New Year in Dublin yesterday.
2010 is the Year of the Tiger and the festivities got off to a roaring start with Chinese dragon and lion dances at Wolfe Tone Park on Jervis Street.
A troupe from Shanghai University performed traditional ribbon and sword dances while the audience was treated to a number of tai chi and martial arts displays.
Lord Mayor of Dublin, Emer Costello, said: "The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Carnival is a great opportunity for the many Chinese people living in Dublin to showcase their unique and special culture and to celebrate their welcome place in Dublin society."
Carnival organiser Amy-Yin Zhang said it was an opportunity for Dubliners to get an insight into the Chinese arts.
"New Year is the most important festival for over one-and-a-quarter billion Chinese people all over the world. The Dublin carnival celebrates not just the fact that we are Chinese but also that we live here in Dublin and want to share our culture with other Dubliners," she added.
Meanwhile, An Post celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Tiger by issuing a new 82c stamp which covers letter postage to any part of the world.
The stamp shows an image of a tiger from an 18th century Tibetan-Buddhist painting which is on display at the National Museum of Ireland.
Those born in a Year of the Tiger are said to be born leaders, courageous, confident, noble and fearless. They can can be self-centred and irascible.