Happy New Year, or 新年快乐 as they’d say in downtown Hangzhou, or indeed certain parts of Capel Street. Today marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, and heralds the beginning of the year of the Rooster. With a steadily growing Chinese population in Ireland, particularly in Dublin, and calls for the creation of a Chinatown area around the Moore Street/Parnell Street area (I, for one, say yay to that idea), the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is getting bigger and bigger. So with that in mind, here are my 3 suggestions to celebrate the year of the Rooster:
1. LEARN HOW TO COOK CHINESE FOOD
If you have the time and the moola, definitely go to this unique Chinese Cooking Course! Taking place in the Cooks Academy Cookery School on South William Street on January 29th, this is a special full-day cookery with Kwanghi Chan (he of Soder + Ko brilliance), and award-winning American-Chinese food writer Mei Chin. At the course, attendees will learn to prepare four delicious traditional dishes. The course runs from 10am – 4pm and costs €140. More details on the course can be found here.
2. EMBRACE CHINESE CULTURE AT THE SPRING FESTIVAL FAIR
The Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Fair will be celebrated at the CHQ Building at Custom House Quay on Sunday, February 5th. There will be loads of colourful dragons, fashion shows, martial arts displays, and you can even have a stab at a spot of Chinese Calligraphy. It’s a great opportunity to see the Chinese culture in all its glory. And did I mention there’ll be food? Yes indeedy, food and drink stalls galore! Find more info here.
3. TREAT YOURSELF TO SOME CHINESE JEWELLERY
No, I don’t mean hit up your nearest Dealz shop for some brass tat! No Siree Bob! I recently came across this brilliant Irish designer, Aine Breen, at the Irish Design & Craft show. While living in China, our Aine decided to learn Chinese calligraphy, because apparently Chinese telly isn’t all that great. Anyhoo, on her return to Ireland, she created a beautiful collection of fine jewellery engraved with the Chinese symbols for love, happiness, and luck. And who doesn’t need a bit of that! You can check out Liwu Jewellery on her website.
Images shown courtesy of https://www.dublinchinesenewyear.com/ and http://www.liwujewellery.com/