Events have been taking place in Dublin this weekend to mark the Chinese New Year.

12 zodiac animals are used to represent the years on the Chinese calendar. This is the Year of the Pig and it began on Tuesday.

In Chinese culture the pig is a symbol of good fortune, wealth, prosperity and peace.

There was an array of performances, workshops, storytelling, screenings and games designed to showcase Chinese culture at the Spring Festival in the CHQ Building on Custom House Quay.

Large numbers of people turned out to see traditional dragon and lion dancing displays.

As well as the dance performances, school children used traditional instruments to showcase Chinese music.

Elsewhere, diversity and multiculturalism were the themes of the celebrations organised by the Hill Street Resource, just off Parnell Street.

This is the 12th year of the Chinese New Year Festival, with a number of buildings in the capital turning red as part of the festivities.

The events to ring in the Year of the Pig will continue until next Sunday 17 February.