Galway Chinese Community Ring In The New Year in NUIG

Last Saturday, Chinese New Year Gala 2020 was co-organised by the Confucius Institute of Chinese and Regenerative Medicine at NUIG, Irish Chinese Society Galway, Chinese Students and Scholars Association Ireland NUI Galway and NUI Galway Chinese Society. Hundreds of members of Galway’s Chinese community, as well as others from various cultural backgrounds, came to watch the performance.

The Spring Festival Gala started on the first day of the Chinese New Year. It not only had Irish folk dance and tin whistle, but also traditional Chinese musical instrument performance, Tai Chi performance, the comedy and chorus. And there were also Indian and Mexican dance performances. The diverse programs were a close combination of Chinese and Western cultures.

The gala kicked off in Chinese dragon dance and lion dance.

Chinese Lion Dance
Chinese Dragon Dance

Subsequently, Dara Kelly and Ronan O’Connell of the Irish folk dance group performed a wonderful dance.

Irish Dancing on Chinese Year!

Then came the Irish tin whistle, Chinese guzheng performance, Indian dance, Chinese Tai Chi, Chinese solo and chorus and Mexican dancing.

Chinese Tai Chi demonstration

The comedy My Life in Galway vividly demonstrated the study and life of Chinese students in Galway, which aroused warm applause from the audience.

Members of the Galway Chinese Community performing “My Life in Galway”

The chorus My Motherland and I and My Homeland, My Heart resonated with the audiences. Some of the audience couldn’t help humming along with the choir.

The choir in full voice

The Spring Festival, also known as the Chinese New Year, is the most solemn traditional festival of the Chinese nation. It has a long history in China.

During the Spring Festival, a variety of activities are held throughout China to celebrate the New Year. These activities consist of removing the old and ushering the new, exorcising evils, worshipping ancestors, and praying for blessings. They are rich in forms and embody the essence of Chinese traditional culture.

A traditional Chinese lantern

In ancient times, people started the celebration from the 23rd or 24th of the end of the year. In modern times, the Chinese New Year is scheduled to be the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar, but it usually ends on the 15th of the first month.

The Spring Festival is an important time for people to deepen their love and relationship, which means that relatives and friends can get together and enjoy a good time.

This year, however, students in Ireland are not able to return home to be with families and friends. Therefore, the New Year Gala is of great significance. Chinese people in Galway can not only spend a happy Spring Festival together, but also experience Chinese and western culture with their Irish friends.

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