'Fish and Dragon Festival' marks Chinese New Year in Caribbean
Updated 21:18, 25-Jan-2019
By Qi Jie
01:48

On the Caribbean island of Barbados, the fifth Fish and Dragon Festival has kicked off. For both locals and  Chinese residents, its a celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year, and another example of the growth in cultural and economic exchanges between Caribbean countries and China.

People in Barbados have given the Chinese New Year a new name, the "Fish and Dragon Festival," symbolizing the "fish" in the Caribbean Sea and the "dragon" from China. Launched in 2015, various activities presented in the Festival help promote a better understanding between the two cultures. This year, table tennis, Chinese cuisine and a Chinese-clinic-on-wheels are the highlights.

An artist performs Peking Opera on stage. /CGTN Photo

An artist performs Peking Opera on stage. /CGTN Photo

And the festival is also a platform to showcase the diversity of two different cultures.

"This cooperation between China and Barbados is really important. It enables our people to understand each other's culture," said John King, the Barbados minister of culture and sports.

Performers paint eyes for the costume for the lion dance. /CGTN Photo

Performers paint eyes for the costume for the lion dance. /CGTN Photo

Organizers said, compared to previous years, the Fish and Dragon Festival is expecting even more locals and Chinese to experience the cultural festival.