Belfast is to host a 15-day celebration to welcome the Chinese New Year — the Year of the Snake.
Lord Mayor Gavin Robinson formally announced details of the celebrations which start on February 10 and will be the biggest ever staged in Northern Ireland.
The festivities officially begin at a huge family event, hosted by the Chinese Welfare Association NI in partnership with NI Chinese Chamber of Commerce, at Belfast’s Ulster Hall on Sunday, February 10.
More than 2,500 people are expected to join in the events which will feature traditional Chinese performers, including musicians, acrobats and dancers.
Belfast City Hall had its grounds decorated with traditional Chinese red lanterns yesterday and there will be various exhibitions within the building itself.
Titanic Belfast — and the skies above it — are being turned red, the Chinese colour for good luck, over the weekend of February 9-11.
Mr Robinson said: “Having arrived in Belfast in the 1960s, the Chinese community has played a vital role in contributing not only to the economic but also social regeneration of this city.”
For details of all events , visit www.cwa-ni.org or call 028 9028 8277.