Spring Festival, or Lunar New Year, equivalent to Christmas in Ireland, is the most significant festival for Chinese people. Celebrating the advent of spring, the festival is a special occasion for family reunion, friend gathering, exchanging blessings, and articulating aspirations and resolutions.
2015 is a Year of the Sheep. Ireland is a country rightfully boasting millions of high-quality happy sheep. With a traditional Chinese belief that “three sheep bring peace and opulence,” I am hopeful that in auspicious 2015 Ireland and its adorable people will achieve greater success and the friendly China-Ireland relations will continue to grow and bear fruits. May the Year of the Sheep bring serenity, prosperity and felicity to not only the Chinese community but also other ethnic groups in Ireland.
Xin Chun Ji Xiang (新春吉祥) and Happy New Year!