The Chinese dragon is not seen as a threatening or evil.
In Chinese astrology the dragon is the only animal of the Chinese zodiac year that is fictional.
More than 4,000 years ago, there were two large tribes and many smaller tribes in China. The tribes had animals as emblems. The two large tribes unified and chose the dragon as their symbol. The Han Chinese still call themselves the descendants of the Dragon.
The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Andrew Montague, announced details of this year’s Dublin Chinese New Year Festival on Thursday, 12th January, 2012 at 11am at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Today the program me began at Meeting House Square and I was there to take a few photographs.
This year’s festival runs from 20th January to 3rd February and celebrates the Year of the Dragon.
Dublin, now twinned with Beijing, will celebrate in style and highlights include the Asia Market Chinese New Year’s Carnival on 22nd January and Chinese Opera in the Open sponsored by Kildare Village Chic Outlet Shopping on 21st January. Both events take place in the newly covered Temple Bar Meeting House Square. Other events include the Chinese Film Festival with Etihad Airways, a children’s programme at Dublin City Public Libraries, a photo exhibition on Peking Opera, lectures and much more.
The Lord Mayor said “The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival for 2012, the Year of the Dragon, has an action-packed programme of events and I am looking forward to celebrating Sino-Irish relations with the Chinese Community and Dubliners alike. The positive contribution by our Chinese Community to the vibrancy of Dublin life is sometimes overlooked so I take this opportunity to thank the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival Committee for their hard work in organising this wonderful Festival.”