Chinese Spring Festival in Ireland
Every year at Chinese Spring Festival, Ireland's landmarks will be lit up in red. This is a festive activity called "Lighting up the Chinese Red to celebrate the Chinese New Year" in Ireland. Red is the representative color of China. Lighting up the Chinese red not only shows the beauty of China, but also adds to the festive atmosphere. These lit-up landmarks have not only become a unique "Instagram Worthy Location" during the Spring Festival, but also become a witness to the friendship between China and Ireland.
The Irish government is also very supportive ofChineseNew Year activities. The local Chinese community would organize various online and offline activities, such as lion dance performance, calligraphy, paper cutting, shadow puppet show and so on. These activities not onlybring the Chinese in Ireland the warmth of theSpringfestival, but also promote the traditional Chinese culture.The most important offline event is the "Spring Festival Gala in Ireland", which is usually hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Ireland and organized by Confucius Institutes and other organizations, inviting performers both in Ireland and in China.
The second popular offline event is the New Year rally, often organized by local Chinese organizations.Its content is alsoabundant, and what indispensable are the classic musical instrument performance, lion dance performance, light show, calligraphy, paper cutting, tea art, shadow play exhibition and other activitiescarrying forward the Chinese traditional culture,which provides a stage for Chinese traditional customs.
Since the Spring Festival in 2023 is around the corner, the biggest celebration of theChineseNew Year in Dublin, Ireland, has begun to count down. We can enjoy the Spring Festival together and experience the exotic atmosphere of the Chinese New Year.
St. Patricks Day
圣帕特里克节（St. Patricks Day）是一个起源于爱尔兰的节日，在每年的3月17日举行。节日是为了纪念爱尔兰的守护神——圣帕特里克。圣帕特里克节对爱尔兰人而言是一个很重要的节日，如今已成为爱尔兰的国庆节。而且随着爱尔兰人遍布世界各地，现在圣帕特里克节也在各个国家庆祝起来。美国庆祝这个节日已有200多年的历史，许多爱尔兰后裔当天都盛装打扮，参加游行活动。
St. Patricks Day is a festival that originated in Ireland, anditis held on March 17 every year. The festival honors Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick Day is a very important holiday for the Irish people and it has become the National Day of Ireland. As Irish people have spread throughout theworld, St. Patrick's Day is now celebrated indifferentcountries. The holiday has been celebrated in the United States for more than 200 years, and many Irish descendants dress up to take part in the parades.
Likewise, as the Chinese community grows larger and larger, more and more Chinese elements appear on St. Patrick's Day, such as panda, tai chi, drama, dragon dance and so on. The Chinese culture and Irish culture complement each other while different elements presenting the same blessing and reflecting the common wishes of the two peoples.
June 16th marks the Bloomsday, an annual day commemorating the 20th century Irish novelist James Joyce's masterpiece Ulysses, when Leopold Bloom, the hero of Ulysses, roams the streets of Ireland. Every year on this day, Joyceans from more than 60 countries get together for a variety of celebrations.
In 2022, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses, Yilin Press published the Chinese translation of the Centenary Edition of the Collection by Xiao Qian and Wen Jieruo, as assigned by the Irish Consulate in Shanghai. On June 18, the Irish Embassy in China and Yilin Press jointly hosted a reading salon to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the publication of Ulysses and Nanjing's "Bloom Day". Among them, many literary experts came to interpret or share the content of Ulysses, also some Chinese readers read the wonderful chapters in both English and Chinese, which shows the Chinese readers' love for this great book. Perhaps this is not only because the author has a delicate perception of life and superb technique, which is almost unmatched, but also because he writes the most real side of life and human nature, so that human beings are not confused to face their own heart.
Brigid's Dayand Imbolc
基尔代尔的圣布里吉特节日，也被称为爱尔兰的圣布里吉特，爱尔兰的守护神，于2月1日庆祝，这是爱尔兰传统上春天的开始。圣布里吉德与布里吉德十字架的制作、祝福和给予有关。圣布里吉德节，或者说Lá Fhéile Bríde，在爱尔兰文化中，也被归为是古老的凯尔特节日的一天。这个古老的凯尔特异教节日是凯尔特日历的“四分之一日”之一，标志着至日之间的中点，这是地球绕太阳运行的关键日子。圣布里吉特节标志着更长的白天的开始，而在农业上，它标志着产羔季节的开始，与中国古代节气立春有着异曲同工之妙。
The feast day Saint Bridget of Kildare, also called St Brigid of Ireland, Patron Saint of Ireland, is February 1st, which is traditionally the beginning of spring in Ireland. Saint Brigid is associated with the making, blessing and giving of Brigid's crosses. Saint Brigid's Day, or Lá Fhéile Bríde in Irish, is also the day of the old Celtic festival of Imbolc. This ancient Celtic pagan feast is one of the ‘quarter days’ of the Celtic calendar which marked the mid-points between solstice dates, crucial days in the earths’ journey around the sun. Imbolc marks the start of longer days,and in agriculture, it marks the start of the lambing season, which shares the same meaning of the Start of Spring in traditional Chinese solar termsthough they are in different forms.