Did you know that 2014 is the Year of the Horse? According to the Chinese horoscope, the horse is the seventh sign of the horoscope and 2014 will be a “compassionate” year and will be quick to react to protect those who can't fight for themselves. In addition, the horoscope goes on to state that the “optimistic nature of 2014 allows us to cope with financial hardships in the belief that good fortune will soon be on the way, while kind-hearted nature of the 2014 year provides us with supportive friends, ready to help us in difficulties just as we have helped them.” image via www.singaporeshots.com Long-Established Celebrations That certainly sounds promising doesn't it? But why choose Dublin, of all places, as the city in which to celebrate your Chinese New Year? Maybe you're not already aware of it, but here in Dublin we're proud to announce that the 2014 Dublin Chinese New Year Festival marks the culmination of seven years of Chinese New Year celebrations in the city - making the celebrations an internationally recognised event today the world over. Beginning on 8 January and running right through until as late as 18 February 2014, the Chinese Festival has been organised to deliver a high profile cultural programme including many diverse and exciting events, while building on Dublin's already well established twinning partnership with Beijing. The programme, which is currently being finalised, is set to include films, theatre productions, concerts and lectures, as well as cookery demonstrations as after all, where would Chinese New Year be without the food and its cultural symbolism for the Chinese nation? Carnivals, Concerts and Calligraphy Last year's celebration, for example, included Voices of China as the Chinese New Year lecture, the Bricks in the Rain art exhibition and demonstrations of contemporary Chinese calligraphy. Of course, no Chinese New Year celebration would be complete without a colourful and extravagant carnival procession and 2014's outing promises to be bigger and better than ever. As the festival runs for almost six weeks, you can choose the events you particularly want to attend and make the Sandymount Hotel your base. Our range of packages offers you some brilliant short break bargains, and you can elect for dinner, bed and breakfast packages depending on how cosseted you want to feel on your trip. Easy Access to City Centre Our hotel is located next to Dublin's Aviva Stadium and offers free wi-fi and parking, and private gardens. Rooms feature ensuite bathrooms, flat screen TVs, modern art work and designer bed throws. Dublin city centre is only a few minutes away by DART rail, offering you easy access to all that is going on over the period of the Chinese New Year celebrations. You can keep up to date with the programme for the 2014 Dublin Chinese New Year Festival here. Book tickets early though to avoid disappointment as this really has become a popular event. Likewise we'd always suggest booking at the Sandymount Hotel at least a few weeks in advance to ensure room availability.
Susan is super passionate about hotels and in a past life was a travel writer and hotel critic. As a Dublin native she also loves everything about the city and wants to share her knowledge on all the best bits.