Ambassador He Xiangdong
Chinese Ambassador to Ireland
As the Chinese Lunar New Year approaches, I would like to extend my best holiday greetings and New Year’s wishes to the Chinese Community in Ireland and all of our Irish friends. I wish you all a happy and healthy Year of the Ox!
The past year has been an extraordinarily difficult one. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, China and Ireland have been actively cooperating in fighting against it. The past year also witnessed the smooth and steady development of our bilateral cooperation in fields of economic and trade investment, technological innovation, education as well as cultural exchanges, which highlighted the long-term friendship and pragmatic, efficient cooperation between our two nations.
The cultural connotation of the Chinese Spring Festival is joy, harmony, sharing and blessing. Spring is the season that brings hope for a renewed vibrant society and a prosperous future. During this challenging period, when gathering in person has to be avoided, culture, which serves as a bridge of communication between communities, is needed now more than ever. The zodiac of this Chinese New Year is the ox, a symbol of diligence and determination, with a patient nature and a desire to make progress. That is also what we hope this year’s Chinese New Year program will create. I believe, in the new year, our two peoples will continue to join hands together in the course of fighting the pandemic, and lift our friendship to a higher level.
I sincerely wish that this year’s Dublin Chinese New Year Festival brings everybody joy and hope!
Wishing you and your family happiness and good health!