Manneken-Pis is dressed in his Hong Kong costume - 12 October 2015

Brussels icon Manneken-Pis was dressed in his Hong Kong suit on Tuesday 13 October 2015 to celebrate the longstanding friendship between Hong Kong and Brussels.

Hong Kong's Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, Mr Gregory So, together with representatives of the City of Brussels and the Order of the Friends of Manneken-Pis, officiated at the dressing ceremony, a highlight of Brussels folklore.

Members of the Order sang the Manneken-Pis song and Mr So pulled the cord to unveil the famous little boy in his Hong Kong Zhongshan Suit.

This was the second outing of the costume since it was donated to the City of Brussels by the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office in Brussels in 2012. 

A black, traditional Chinese jacket, bearing the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region's dragon logo and its coloured ribbons, is teamed with a pair of trendy black jeans and red shoes with white laces. A tablet computer completes the costume.

The costume aims to convey a positive message about Hong Kong as a modern and connected city with a Chinese heritage.  The design encapsulates the East-meets-West aspects of Hong Kong in a way that is instantly recognisable.
 
At the ceremony, Hong Kong-based RTHK Quartet played "Dance of the Yao People", followed by a solo of "Happy Farm", played by Mr Loo Sze Wan, the foremost sheng player of his generation. 

According to his custom on festive occasions, the fountain statue produced beer, which was served to guests and onlookers, before switching back to water. 

After its outing, Manneken-Pis' Hong Kong suit was returned to the Museum of the City of Brussels, where his extensive wardrobe of over 900 costumes is kept.  The City of Brussels is planning to create a special Manneken-Pis museum to open in nearby rue du Chêne/Eikstraat in 2016.  The building, which is now the House of Tradition and Folklore, is currently used for temporary exhibitions.