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Happy Lunar New Year! Goat Xi Fa Cai!

As we welcome in the Lunar New Year in the year of the goat/sheep, celebrations will be held in Dublin both run by several societies in Trinity College and within Dublin City itself. If you are missing the festivities from home, or you’d love to experience what the Lunar New Year celebrations are all about, check out these events!

Chinese New Year Dinner by the TCD Chinese Society

There will be a hot pot buffet dinner provided which is really worth the price! A large serving of meat, and free flow of seafood and vegetables will be available to cook in your very own personal hot pot of soup together with many others who you can get to know!

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Venue: Lao Hot Pot, 139, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

When? Wednesday, 18 February 2015 at 6-8.30 PM

Cost: €15 per person

Click HERE (http://tinyurl.com/n9fvuzo) for the Facebook Event Page

Chinese New Year Gala by the TCD Chinese Society

Free food and Chinese traditional (and non-traditional) games will be available together with the screening of the CCTV’s Spring Festival Gala which showcases the festivities occurring live in China.Picture 2

Venue: TCD Global Room

When? Thursday, 19 February 2015 at 11 AM – 4PM

Cost: FREE!

Click HERE (http://tinyurl.com/obpt5j5) for the Facebook Event Page

Chinese New Year Dinner by the TCD South East Asian Society

A traditional Chinese New Year dinner of 6 main dishes and a dessert (non-buffet) will be served in a round table setting (6 people per table so you get to know the others in a less crowded setting).

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Venue: 10000 World Restaurant, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

When? Friday, 20 February 2015 at 7 – 10 PM

Cost: €16 per person

Please RSVP by 18 February to any of the event hosts on the Facebook Page HERE (http://tinyurl.com/m9b5n6a)

Chinese New Year Carnival by the Dublin City Council

Food stalls! Lion dances! Dragon dances! Martial art exhibitions and so much more will be happening once more in the middle of Dublin City!

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Venue: Meeting House Square, Curved Street (Temple Bar), Dub. 2

When? Sunday, 22 February 2015 at 12 – 5 PM

Cost: FREE!

Dublin City Council has also planned many other activities for the Lunar New Year so check out the entire programme list here (http://cny.ie/?page_id=697)!

Karaoke Session by the TCD Korean Society  

Enjoy a night of karaoke together with many others! The karaoke will be run by Youtube videos on a large screen so don’t worry about whether your favourite songs are available as they surely will!

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Venue: TCD Global Room

When? Tuesday, 3 March 2015 at 6 – 9 PM

Cost: FREE!

So do pop by down to some of these events and fill your week with the spirit of the Lunar New Year!

Audrey is a Student Ambassador in the Global Room. 


A new introduction to an ancient tradition: Chinese New Year

Since working at the the Trinity Global Room I have been astounded by the variety of societies and groups that exist for international and newly incoming students. For example, on the 30th of January of this year (2014), I had the opportunity to celebrate the  Chinese New Year as part of the festivities in the Global Room. The space was decorated in a traditional, festive fashion with the colour red featuring prominently – I hear that red denotes good luck in China!  As 2014 is the Year of the Horse, the Global Room was also presented with a colourful horse mascot which now stands proudly in the reception. Traditional Chinese treats were also handed out amongst the excited participants, of which I was only too happy to avail of!

What I enjoyed most as part of the festivities was having the opportunity to watch the national celebrations within China which were transmitted on the Global Room’s large widescreen TVs. I was able to enjoy music, dance, art and comedy that I had never observed before in Ireland. Although unfortunately I can not understand Chinese, the colours that were present in the room itself through decorations and the colourful costumes worn on-screen meant I clearly understood the hope and excitment for the New Year. On reflection, the fact that people could gather together in Dublin to celebrate the turning of the Chinese New Year meant that even if someone did feel somewhat homesick, the Global Room and the student body itself will mark international festivals in order to ensure each individual feels included.

-Lydia, undergraduate student from Germany and Ireland

Happy New Year!


Happy New Year! Xin Nian Kuai Le! As the Chinese New Year is here, the Chinese Society has started to prepare for it several weeks ago. As many of you have realized, the Spring Festival or better known as Chinese New Year is the most important festival among the Chinese culture. Traditionally, Chinese people will have family reunion dinner on Chinese New Year’s Eve, and of course celebrate Spring Festival with loved ones. But lives are a bit different in Ireland. Due to the academic structure of Trinity College and the incoherence of the Lunar Calendar and New Calendar, Spring Festival was almost never landed on an academic holiday. Consequently, most Chinese international students can’t spend the meaningful festival back in homeland. As an international student from China as well as a student ambassador in the Global Room, I feel that the idea of celebrating the Chinese New Year is just great, especially for Chinese students far away from home. It can provide the opportunity for Chinese students in Trinity to get together and enjoy the traditional festival.

After few meetings with the Chinese Society Committee, we came out with the idea of live screening the popular Spring Festival Concert from China on Lunar New Year Eve, 30th January 2014. The show is a popular fixture for many families in China and for many Chinese people is to Chinese New Year what the Late Late Toy Show is to Christmas here in Ireland! With the perfect facilities in the Global Room, plus huge support from the Global Relation Officers, the committee has quickly come to the conclusion to host the event in the Global Room. Though not perfect, we tried our best to decorate the venue to bring up the Spring Festival atmosphere and shopped for the native snacks to make any Chinese student feel at home. Though the idea was mainly targeting Chinese students, everyone in the college was welcome. It would truly be another kind of experience for them to submerge in an event that’s so native to the Chinese. After all, I truly wish everyone a very happy new year in the Chinese way! 新年快乐!


-Kuan, postgraduate student from China