Chinese New Year is a major celebration in many parts of Asia where people with Chinese ancestry live. But its celebration is also spreading in Ireland, where a sizable Asian population now exists. Chinese New Year is not a bank holiday in Ireland, but it is becoming more widely observed.
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Chinese New Year has become a notable event in Dublin and other major Irish cities. In fact, Dublin’s Chinese New Year Festival goes on for two weeks and draws many thousands of attendees.
There are literally over 100 events going on in Dublin for Chinese New Year, including parades, games, food stalls, rides, Chinese square dancing, Irish and Chinese musical performances, street parties, and more. The area around Drury Street, where Dublin’s Asian market is located, is especially interesting this time of year. And of course, fireworks and firecrackers are a big part of the celebration.
The newfound importance of Chinese New Year in Ireland is yet another example of how cultures can mix and interact in unexpected ways in our modern world.