A Message of Goodwill for the Chinese New Year from the Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter TD
Celebrating the start of the New Year is a very important event in the life of every community and it presents an important opportunity to mark a special time of the year with family, friends and colleagues.
The start of the Chinese New Year is a time of special celebration for Chinese communities the world over and provides an opportunity for them to showcase their culture and heritage.
The Chinese community in Ireland will be hosting a number of special events to celebrate the start of the New Year and the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is now a well established event in the City’s calendar. Each year it attracts more and more interest from the wider community.
The Chinese community here in Ireland is a very strong one and has contributed greatly to the economic and social life of the country over many years. It grew by 86% in the period 2002 to 2011.
This year will see the dawn of the Year of the Horse. Legend has it that those born in horse years are cheerful, skilful with money, perceptive, witty, talented and good with their hands. Famous figures born in previous years of the Horse include, among others, Rembrandt, Harrison Ford, Aretha Franklin, Chopin and President Theodore Roosevelt.
Celebrations such as the Chinese New Year provide opportunities to bring us together as a community, deepen relationships, create links and enable us to celebrate the rich cultural diversity within our community.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a healthy, happy and prosperous Chinese New Year.
Gong xi fa cai (“Wishing you prosperity” in Mandarin)
Gung hay fat choy (“Wishing you prosperity” in Cantonese)