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Dancing and Riddles Planned for Chinese New Year Celebrations

Trinity College Dublin will celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Snake on Tuesday February 12th next.  The celebrations will kick off with a traditional Dragon dance in Front Square at 1pm, believed to bring good luck.  A series of other event will also take place in the Examination Hall between 1-3.30pm.  Highlights will include calligraphy, Chinese riddles, traditional lanterns, a Han costume show and traditional Chinese cuisine.  The event aims to showcase Chinese culture and heritage, and foster intercultural contact and exchange between the University and the city.  Organised by Trinity’s Chinese Society, the event is kindly sponsored by the Central Societies Committee and the Asia Market.  All are welcome to attend. 

Trinity has been actively engaged in developing academic links with China that will facilitate both academic and cultural exchange.  During a Government led trade mission to China in 2012 Trinity signed an agreement with one of China’s leading universities, Beihang University, that will facilitate the exchange of students and researchers between the two institutions, and further developing relations between our two nations.  Trinity also has many Chinese students studying at both postgraduate and undergraduate levels.

The Chinese New Year, also known as 'Spring Festival', is the most important traditional Chinese festival.  Trinity’s Chinese Society has noted an increased interest in Chinese culture amongst the student body with a large amount of students taking up the Chinese language class hosted by the Trinity Chinese Students and Scholars Association and Chinese Society in order to work, study or volunteer in China.  Speaking about the celebrations Shan Jiang, a Chinese student studying Geography at Trinity said: “It is amazing to have a Chinese New Year celebration here in the College which highlights the important role internationalization plays in Trinity. I am happy to be able to experience my home-town culture in the College, and this will also open a door for other students to know more about China and its centuries-old culture.”

Individuals are encouraged to join in the celebrations in Trinity on Tuesday 12th February between 1 – 3.30pm and experience first-hand Chinese culture and traditions. To mark the occassion Trinity's catering will also serve a Chinese themed lunch in the Dining Hall. The menu will be as follows:






  • Hot and sour chicken noodle soup
  • Sweetcorn and crabmeat soup
  • Seabass with sizzled ginger, chili and spring onion served on a bed of pak choi
  • Marinated chicken satay skewers served on a bed of Chinese cabbage and beansprouts
  • Peppered stripped beef with cashew nuts served with egg fried rice
  • Vegetable chop suey served with egg noodles
  • Prawn crackers and bbq spare ribs