PLANS have been unveiled to celebrate Chinese New Year 2009 in Belfast.
On Sunday January 25, Lord Mayor Tom Hartley will mark the start of the city’s largest ever Chinese New Year celebrations.
From 1.30pm-5.00pm the grounds of Belfast City Hall will be transformed into a bustling Chinese market place full of local and Chinese performers, acrobats, jugglers, martial arts and oriental arts and craft workshops.
Oriental themed gifts and food stalls with local and global cuisine will fly the flags at the truly international event to welcome in the Year of the Ox.
Over 9000 people attended last year’s event, so organisers are advising visitors to arrive early to enjoy the spectacular Chinese lion dance.
Chinese immigrants began arriving in Northern Ireland in the 1960s, mostly from Hong Kong, and today there are over 13,000 Chinese people living here, making it the largest ethnic minority group.
By Roisin Dowds
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