The 7th Dublin Chinese New Year Festival

Chinese New Year

Over the last few years, Dublin has established itself on the global map as a veritable cultural hotspot. Of course, it’s always been home to amazing musicians and poets; from James Joyce to U2, our unique cultural heritage attracts visitors from all over the world, eager to experience what our vibrant city has to offer. Another factor that’s made Dublin a more attractive destination over the last few years is the fact that it’s become a base for massive international companies like Google and Facebook. This has contributed further to the influx of diverse nationalities, who continue to arrive for both work and play! For foodies, this is extra exciting. All around the city, a host of tasty ethnic restaurants have sprung up, offering delicious cuisines from lands both near and far. Here, we take a look at Dublin’s Chinese New Year Festival.

Picture - Jason Clarke
Picture – Jason Clarke

Ushering in the Year of the Horse, Chinese New Year 2014 takes place on January 31. Always a vibrant and colourful celebration, the event aims to invite good fortune and luck into the year ahead. In Dublin, the seventh annual Dublin Chinese New Year Festival http://cny.ie/ will take place in the city centre until February 18, celebrating Chinese culture, music and dance.

When you’ve worked up an appetite there, we suggest you head towards foodies’ paradise; Capel Street – where you’ll find Hilan; a delicious eatery serving up authentic Chinese food that won’t break the bank. Or why not wander across to Parnell Street, home to Sichuan House (which also does karaoke… win-win!) For something a little fancier, hop on a Luas to Rathmines and sample what Zen – a beautiful Sichuan restaurant in a unique old church setting – has to offer. Happy New Year!

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