A Chinese Zodiac culture exhibition was held both online and offline on Thursday as part of events celebrating the Chinese Spring Festival, which falls on Feb. 12.

Local visitors can enjoy the exhibition hosted by the China Cultural Center in Malta on its website, or go to Pjazza Teatru Rjal, an open-air theater in Valletta, by following anti-virus restrictions.

The exhibition, featuring an array of colorful designs and installations, mainly focuses on the legends, myths and symbolism associated with the zodiac animal of the year 2021, the Ox.

Integrating online and offline forms, the exhibition becomes a highlight of the program celebrating "Happy Chinese New Year" in Malta in 2021, said Yang Xiaolong, director of the China Cultural Center in Malta.

At the site of the offline exhibition, visitors could learn basic knowledge about the unique Chinese Zodiac culture from 12 big boards presenting the characteristics of each zodiac.

The outdoor exhibition held in cooperation with Pjazza Teatru Rjal is another example of the deep cultural exchange between China and Malta, Yang told Xinhua.

In the run-up to the Chinese Spring Festival, more cooperation events will be executed between the two cultural organizations. On Feb. 7, Pjazza Teatru Rjal will use its social media to broadcast the 3D magic and acrobatic show "Golden Cudgel." On Feb. 10, it will hold the virtual exhibition of personalized zodiac design.

Furthermore, a customized version of Chinese zodiac stamps for the year of the Ox has been circulated as a result of cooperation between China Cultural Center and Malta Post Office, the first time of such collaboration in Malta.