Happy Chinese New Year 2010!

恭喜發財 | Gung hei faat choi | Congratulations and be prosperous . Celebrate the Chinese New Year in style and welcome in the good luck and prosperity of the Year of the Tiger. Chinese Welfare Association is hosting the 7th Annual Chinese New Year Festival in St. George’s Market, Belfast on the 14th February.Do not miss the wonderful 30 dance troupe all the way from Sichuan, China supported by the Chinese Consulate, the first ever Chinese ‘masterchef’ competition, a children’s traditional Chinese costume competition, over 30 food and craft stalls and of course the Chinese Lion Dances that bring us all good luck!
And as it is Valentine’s Day special hearts will be given out that will then be used to create the 2010 Tiger with everyone’s wishes.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Naomi Long said: “This weekend St George’s Market will be awash with colour and music as celebrations to mark the Chinese New Year get underway. It gives me great pleasure to see cultural diversity being celebrated in the heart of our city, as it embraces my ethos as Lord Mayor of building a Belfast without barriers.” “I’m also delighted that our work with the city’s Chinese restaurants is being featured as part of the celebrations. The Chinese ‘masterchef’ competition is the result of our healthier options workshops that we ran last year, and were attended by more than 50 chefs. We’re delighted that so many restaurants are supporting this project and I think this will be a great opportunity to showcase the culinary talents of our city’s chefs. I’d encourage families to come along and enjoy all the Chinese New Year celebrations.”

Eileen Chan-Hu, Chief Executive Chinese Welfare Association, organiser of the Chinese New Year celebrations said, “We are very excited that our Chinese New Year activities have become an eagerly anticipated community celebration. It is wonderful to see everyone enjoy the diversity of culture and festivities of the Chinese New Year in celebrating together, therefore we are delighted to support the Unite against Hate campaign and work towards more peaceful and inclusive society. We are looking forward to the hustle and bustle as St. George’s Market is transformed to welcome Chinese culture with fun and activities for all.”

“We are grateful to our Partners, funders and sponsors including: Belfast City Council Community Festivals Fund, Belfast East Creative Legacy Project with Beyond Skin, Nettlefield Primary School and Ravenlinks Women’s Group, Artsekta, Police Service for Northern Ireland, Sakura, Sun Kee, Asia Supermarket, Zen, Golden Elephant, Lee Foods, Eastern Travel, Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Red Panda, Chinatown NI Media, Arts & Business and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

We wish everyone all the blessings and good luck throughout the Year of the Tiger”.

Doors open at 12noon with an entrance fee of £2 and concession rate of £1.
Photos by Fabrizio Belluschi/FAME INC for United Against Hate