Tuesday 19 June 2018

Thousands flock to capital's Chinese New Year celebrations

Kelly Chen (6), from Tallaght, smiles during a performance as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in the CHQ building. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Kelly Chen (6), from Tallaght, smiles during a performance as part of the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival in the CHQ building. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Little Kelly Chen from Tallaght was all smiles as she took part in a performance celebrating the Chinese New Year.

She was among an estimated 10,000 people from the Chinese and wider community who flocked to the CHQ building in Dublin at the weekend for the annual Spring Festival. The festival, celebrating this year's Year of the Dog, was inspired by traditional Chinese temple fairs known as Miaohui.

The two-day festival, which wrapped up yesterday, hosted a dog-themed series of family friendly events celebrating Chinese arts and crafts. Young dancers from the Chinese Cultural Academy of Ireland gave a special performance honouring Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, who visited at the weekend.

Cantonese lion and dragon dancers also performed. Other events included martial arts, Chinese chess and demonstrations of calligraphy.

Jiarong Han and Jianya Wu wearing traditional dress at the event. Photo: Sam Boal
Jiarong Han and Jianya Wu wearing traditional dress at the event. Photo: Sam Boal

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