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Belfast gets a kick out of Chinese New Year

By Amanda Ferguson

Belfast has marked Chinese New Year with colourful celebrations at City Hall to wave goodbye to the Year of the Snake and welcome in the Year of the Horse.

Yun Long Zhu and children from Urban Martial Arts were among those performing in Belfast on Sunday.

Belfast's sister city relationship with Hefei was also honoured at the event organised by the Chinese Welfare Association, including singing, acrobatics, martial arts, colourful dances, workshops and a variety of Chinese food.

There was also a Year of the Horse Chinese traditional dress competition for the children.

Host, Co Down model Katie Larmour, told the Belfast Telegraph she thoroughly enjoyed the celebrations.

"I am delighted to be have been asked back again," she said. "It's my fifth year now. It's something I look forward to every year. It's my big new year – not January.

"Today incorporated Bollywood dancers, Polish dancers, flamenco, acoustic guitar and so much more.

"Today was an event for everybody. Lord Mayor Mairtin O Mulleoir and everyone else got into the spirit. It's such a fabulous event."

The 15-day celebration of Chinese New Year started on Friday, with the first new Moon of the calendar year.

People born in the year of the horse are said to animated, active, energetic, and love to be in a crowd.

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