Chinese New Year 2021

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February 12th – 26th  2021

Hill Street Family Resource Centre has been celebrating Chinese New Year for seven years. Although this year the celebration cannot take place on the street, Hill Street FRC is happy to host this year’s celebration online from February 12th to 26th 2021.  

February<br /><br/> 12th

The introduction and launch of Chinese New Year 2021

Check out the launch video of our 2021 celebrations

As part of “going red” for 2021, we will light up the children’s playground and the tower in front of our centre for the 15 days of the Chinese New Year Celebrations.

February 13th

Chinese New Year with Múinteoir John.

(RTE Home School Hub)

Watch Múinteoir John as he explains the history and traditions of the Chinese New Year, while using footage from Hill Street FRC’s 2020 Chinese New Year Community Celebration.

Access the video here

February 14th

Children’s Lion Dance tutorial (Dublin Lunar New Year Festival)

Recorded in Hill Street Family Resource Centre, the Chen family have volunteered and played an important role in organising our Community Celebration for the past number of years. Follow Keqiao and Keting Chen as they demonstrate how to perform the lion dance in 10 simple steps.

Video created by Dublin Chinese Lunar New Year.

February<br /><br/> 15th

Paper ox craft and art competition launch

Watch Anna as she demonstrates how to create some Chinese New Year art. Anna will first make an ox representing the Year of the Ox, followed by a fish craft which symbolises wealth, prosperity, and love.

Collect a craft pack from Hill Street Family Resource Centre with materials to make Chinese New Year decorations for your home and Anna’s ox and fish craft.

February 16th

Chinese New Year story read in both English and Chinese

Dragon Dance by Joan Holab, illustrated by Benrei Huang

Learn about Chinese New Year traditions from this beautiful children’s book, read in English and Chinese by Lisa and her daughter Anna.

Lisa and her family have volunteered in the organising of our Community Celebration since its beginnings in 2015.

February 17th

Songs and well wishes from Chinese/Chinese Irish families.

Watch our beautiful short video of songs and well wishes from local Chinese/Chinese Irish families.

February 18th

Learn how to perform Chinese Square Dance

Have you ever heard of Chinese Square Dancing? Watch our short video of Zhaoqin Zhong as she takes us through the steps of this popular Chinese Square Dance routine.

February 19th

Dumpling recipe and demonstration

Watch the Chen family share their recipe for delicious Chinese dumplings and demonstrate how to make them. The recipe card is included in the craft pack that can be collected from Hill Street Family Resource Centre.

February 20th

Chinese tea ceremony demonstration         

Watch Qu Wang Qi as she brings us through the ritual of preparing and brewing tea at her home in Dublin.

China is widely known as the birthplace of tea. In the Chinese culture, tea is more than just a drink. At family gatherings, the offering of a cup of tea by the younger generation to their elders is a sign of respect.

February 21st

Animals of the Zodiac Puppet Show

To keep themselves entertained during lockdown, the Zheng children created this amazing puppet show. Using puppetry, Amia explains how, in Chinese mythology, a great race decided which animals made it into the Zodiac and the order in which they appear.

February <br /> 22nd

Storytelling and crafts (Dublin City Libraries)

Take a virtual tour of the Great Wall of China (alternative access) and The Forbidden City

More about the great wall, forbidden city, and terracotta warriors.

February <br /> 23rd

Chinese calligraphy demonstration

Watch Feng Min Miao as he teaches his granddaughter Ayla the basics of Chinese brush writing. Learn how Chinese characters were developed through Lisa’s narration.

February 24th

Join LYCS for a live Tai Chi class at 1pm or 7pm

Join Siobhan Larkin, from Lourdes Youth and Community Services (LYCS) for her live Tai Chi class at 1pm or 7pm on the day.

Zoom links to be released on the day. Follow us on Facebook or Instagram @hillstreetfrc for more details.

February 25th

Chinese New Year well wishes from Hill Street FRC families

We asked some of our Hill Street families to send New Year greetings via a short video clip to the Chinese/Chinese Irish families living in our local community. Watch this short video of the diverse families who call the inner city their home.

February <br /> 26th

Bingo family-game night and art competition results

Community family fun bingo night begins at 7pm.


The annual Chinese New Year Community Celebration is hosted by Hill Street Family Resource Centre in partnership with the North East Inner City Initiative and supported by Dublin City Council. We would also like to thank Lourdes Youth and Community Service, Charleville Mall Library, Rong’s Wholesale Ltd. and all the volunteers who supported us in organising another great Chinese New Year Celebration.

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