Enjoy a warm welcome to Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year 2021 from President Higgins, Lord Mayor Chu, Ambassador He and Ambassador Derwin. 

President Michael D. Higgins

President of Ireland

I am delighted to send my best wishes to all members of the Chinese community in Ireland as you celebrate the commencement of the Year of the Ox.

In the Chinese zodiac the Ox is a symbol of loyalty and industriousness and is respected for is generous work ethic and all it has offered to the development of society. Here in Ireland the Year of the Ox also reminds us of the valuable contribution of the Chinese community to Irish society.

2020 has been a challenging year which called on us all to work in solidarity to control the spread of Covid 19. Such a spirit of solidarity will also be essential as we work to rebuild a society rooted in a spirit of inclusion and generous humanity. Our Chinese community has always demonstrated a great spirit of active participation, and will play an important role in the crafting of such a shared future.

May I wish you all a happy and healthy new year.

Lord Mayor Hazel Chu

Lord Mayor of Dublin

Click to watch Lord Mayor Hazel Chu’s welcome message for Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year 2021 – Year of the Ox. 

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!

Ambassador Ann Derwin

Irish Ambassador to China

I am delighted to have the opportunity to congratulate Dublin City Council on organising the 2021 Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year Festival and to welcome you to the really wonderful online events that are being planned.

My very best wishes to you all for the Year of the Ox, which symbolizes diligence, persistence, and honesty.

Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is the most important traditional festival of the Chinese people. The festival has a history of 4,000 years in China and its celebration has spread to the world in recent years. The Dublin Festival has been taking place since 2008 and promotes Chinese traditions and brings Chinese culture to the citizens of Dublin.

My congratulations to all who have been involved in organising this year’s unique online festival – to the City Council and especially to the Chinese community in Dublin.

Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2021.