14 Dublin Lunar New Year Events for Families to Enjoy

Emily Manning

Emily Manning

January 20, 2022

Dublin Lunar New Year family events

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As we get ready to celebrate the Year of the Tiger, the Dublin Lunar New Year programme of events has been announced. With lots to enjoy around the city centre, there are also a whole host of family-friendly events.

The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao or Shu Xiang, is a repeating 12-year cycle where each year is represented by an animal and corresponding attributes. This year, we mark the Year of the Tiger which will run from February 1st 2022 to January 21st 2023, and will then be followed by the Year of the Rabbit.

From food tastings and story sessions to craft workshops, tiger lessons and even a Chinese night market, there is plenty to choose from! For the full programme of Dublin Lunar New Year events, click here.

Dublin Lunar New Year Events for Families

Taiwanese Third Prince: Dance and Learn

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When: January 28th to February 6th

Join the Dublin School of Mandarin Chinese for a special online performance of the Third Prince.

An important symbol of Taiwan’s cultural diversity, the Third Prince was originally a deity in Indian Buddhism and later became an important idol within Daoism. Once introduced into in Taiwan, the Third Prince became an important symbol of temple festivals. The Third Prince is known for his bright costumes and dynamic dances, which integrate the old cultural traditions of Taiwan with new and emerging trends such as electronic dance music.

Suitable for all ages, the video will be available to watch here from January 28th at 5pm.

Dumpling Party

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When: January 29th

The tradition in China during the Chinese New Year is to make dumplings with all the family, from the very young to the very old. Everyone gets stuck in! To celebrate this lovely  tradition, Asia Market will be setting up dumpling stalls and a tea room at both stores – Drury Street, Dublin 2 and Ballymount, Dublin 12.

Come and join in a delicious dumpling tasting experience. There will be chicken and vegetable gyoza from Japan, pork and Chinese chive dumplings from China and many more. There will be an all day dumpling demonstration in store. Come and learn how to wrap your own dumpling and what fillings make the best dumpling, from savoury to sweet!

For more information, click here.

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Cantonese in Ireland: Lunar New Year Arts and Crafts Online Workshop

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When: January 29th

An hour of fun and learning for little hands (and big hands!)

While your hands are kept busy in this fun arts and crafts workshop, you are also learning Cantonese vocabulary related to Lunar New Year. Let’s make a tiger together! Or a dragon? And what about a lantern? The list goes on!

After this hands-on experience, learners are sure to know more about the tradition of Lunar New Year. All ages are welcome

While tickets are free, booking is required. For more information, click here.

Magically Appearing Tigers Workshop at The Hugh Lane Gallery

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When: January 29th

Join artist Helena Gouveia Monteiro at The Hugh Lane Gallery and create a dissolving view inspired by Alfred Stevens’ painting ‘The Present’. Using colourful materials, you will draw a hidden tiger motif and see it magically appear and disappear on the page!

Due to space restrictions, parents do not accompany children for this workshop.

Suitable for 7-10 year olds. Tickets are €5 each. For more information, click here.

Live Online Workshop for Families: Tiger Hat

When: January 29th

The tiger is the protector of children and to ensure the safe-keeping of their sons and daughters they wear hats decorated with the animal on their head. To celebrate the Lunar New Year of the Tiger, join Hoi-Shan Mak in this family workshop from The Chester Beatty Library and make your own colourful hats made of paper and decorated with paints or fabric.

For more information, click here.

Amur Tigers at Dublin Zoo (6-8 Years)

When: January 29th

From their sharp teeth and long claws to their unique striped pattern, there is a lot to learn about Amur tigers, the world’s largest cat!

Join in virtually at Dublin Zoo to celebrate the Year of the Tiger by taking a journey into the world of the Amur tiger. Find out about the amazing adaptations that help Amur tigers survive and thrive in their environment, what we can do to help protect them, and their important connection to the Lunar New Year.

Please note: live animals will not appear on screen.

Tickets are free, but booking is required. For more information, click here.

Live Online Workshop for Teens: Tiger Talisman

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When: January 29th

The eyes of the tiger are mesmerising: big, beautiful and alert. Learn how to draw tiger eyes with artist Hoi-Shan Mak in this teen workshop from The Chester Beatty Library. You will combine drawing with some paper-cutting to make a protective amulet for the Lunar Year of the Tiger.

For more information, click here.

The Tiger Who Came to Tea: Drama Workshop

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When: January 30th at 10am

“He ate all the supper that was cooking in the saucepans… and all the food in the fridge, and all the packets and tins in the cupboard…”

Judith Kerr’s much-loved storybook The Tiger Who Came to Tea makes for a fun and exciting drama workshop this Lunar New Year at the Gaiety School of Acting, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

In this workshop the children will explore the themes of the story through movement, voice and improvisation.

Suitable for children aged 5-10 years old. Tickets cost €8. For more information, click here.

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Online Korean Language Class with Korean School Dublin (8-12 Years)

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When: January 30th at 12pm

호랑이해에 복 많이 받으세요! Join Korean School Dublin and teacher Mi Sun for an introductory Korean language class for Year of the Tiger.

Made up of its own alphabet and writing system, Korean is spoken by almost 72 million people worldwide. Try something new this Lunar New Year and grasp the basics of Korean language learning.

This class, approximately 50 minutes in length, is designed for children aged 8-12 years old. Tickets are free, but booking is required. For more information, click here.

How to Draw a Tiger

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When: February 1st

Celebrate Lunar New Year of the Tiger with us by following artist Jen O’Brien and learning how to draw a tiger’s face. Use different types of pens or markers to sketch textures and add personality to your creation. Will your tiger be scary or friendly?

The online tutorial video will be available to view here from 11am on February 1st.

Chinese New Year Night Market

When: February 3rd from 5.30pm to 9.30pm

Join Asia Market at their Ballymount, Dublin 12 store for the full flavour of an authentic Asian night market during the Chinese New Year celebrations.

There will be lots to experience at this family friendly event, including the city’s top Asian-inspired food trucks and street food vendors to excite your taste buds, traditional live music with lion dances throughout the evening, along with live cooking demos and late night shopping.

Tickets are free, but booking is required. For more information, click here.

Amur Tigers at Dublin Zoo (9-12 Years)

When: February 5th at 12pm

From their sharp teeth and long claws to their unique striped pattern, there is a lot to learn about Amur tigers, the world’s largest cat!

Join us virtually at Dublin Zoo to celebrate the Year of the Tiger by taking a journey into the world of the Amur tiger. Find out about the amazing adaptations that help Amur tigers survive and thrive in their environment, what we can do to help protect them, and their important connection to the Lunar New Year.

Please note: live animals will not appear on screen.

Suitable for children aged 9-12 years old. Tickets are free, but booking is required. For more information, click here.

MoLI Storytelling Workshop: The Gruffalo (0-4 Years)

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When: February 6th at 11.30am

Inspired by a Chinese folktale, How the Fox Stole the Tiger’s Power ( 狐假虎威 )The Gruffalo is a beloved children’s story all over the world.

Join Mandarin teacher, Evan Furlong, and artist, Heather Gray, at the Museum of Literature Ireland on St Stephen’s Green for a bilingual storytelling of this incredible tiger’s tale! Colour in some characters from the story while you listen. No prior knowledge of Mandarin or English is necessary.

Suitable for under 4s. Tickets are free, but booking is required. For more information, click here.

Storytelling Workshop: The Mouse Bride (4-10 Years)

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When: February 6th at 1.30pm

Journey into the world of The Mouse Bride (老鼠娶) for a bilingual storytelling and art workshop in Mandarin and English.

Join Evan Furlong and Heather Gray at the Museum of Literature Ireland on St Stephen’s Green to delve into this Taiwanese folktale, then create your own cast of mice and act out their story! We will be using scissors, card, tape and markers to create our characters.

Suitable for 4-10 year olds. Tickets are free, but booking is essential. For more information, click here.

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Published On: January 20th, 2022 / Categories: Ireland / Last Updated: January 20th, 2022 / Tags: , , /

About the Author: Emily Manning

Emily is the coffee-loving Editor of MyKidsTime. Mum of one daughter and two naughty Tibetan Terriers, she is particularly partial to Curly Wurlys and unable to resist pretty stationery and new cookbooks. As an avid foodie and domestic goddess-wannabe, she is most likely to be found in the kitchen.

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