Chase away the winter blues and join The Confucius Institute of Bangor University celebrating Chinese New Year in the centre of Bangor.
The annual Dragon parade and Chinese Gala will be held on Saturday 9 February and this year will celebrating the Year of the Earth Pig.
Chinese New Year is seen as a new beginning and each year is signified by a different animal, running on a cycle of 12 years, with each year denoting one of the 12 animals. The 12 animals are Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Sheep, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.
The Year of the Pig was last celebrated in 2007 and in Chinese culture, pigs represent good fortune. Those born in in the year of the twelfth zodiac are said to be friendly and relaxed, rarely lose their temper. For pigs, their lucky numbers are two, five and eight and yellow, grey and brown are their lucky colours.
The energetic and colourful Bangor parade will include a traditional Chinese Dragon dance, accompanied by drummers, Chinese dancers and pupils from Our Lady’s school in Bangor.
Following the parade there will be a Chinese Gala held in Bangor Cathedral including performances of Chinese music, song, dance and Chinese marital arts.
The dragon parade will leave Bangor Cathedral at 12pm and make its way along the High Street to the Clock and back to the Cathedral, with the gala taking place inside the Cathedral from 12.30pm until 2pm, this event is completely free of charge.
What: Chinese News Year Parade and Gala
Where: Bangor High Street & Bangor Cathedral
When: Saturday, February 9, 2019, Parade (High Street) 12pm. Gala (Bangor Cathedral) 12.30pm-2pm.