Monday, January 24, 2011

Rabbiting on

The political world of Dublin may be a shambles, but it's good to see the cultural city soldiers on.  Dublin City Council has announced plans for the annual celebration of the Chinese New Year.  This year's a rabbit year, the fourth year of their zodiac and it's a metal rabbit this time.  A certain pink bunny comes to mind.  The 2006 census showed over 16,500 Chinese people living in the state, with 2/3 living in Dublin, so it's only right that we celebrate their new year.  An Post usually issues a stamp too.  Their 2011 plans include a Chinese film festival, lectures in the Chester Beatty, the Botanic Gardens and the National Library, the now ubiquitous Chinese carnival on 5th February, amongst many other things.  They've also got the Chinese State Circus to visit the Helix.  An excellent line-up all round.  Bring on the dim sum!

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