Published Sunday, 15 December 2013
A colourful illumination of City Hall to remember Nelson Mandela. (© Presseye)
The building was lit up in green, black, white, gold, red and blue on Sunday evening for the anti-apartheid revolutionary, who died last week aged 95.
It comes after Saturday's service of commemoration at St Anne's Cathedral in Belfast, with members of the public celebrating the life of the former South African president.
Lord Mayor Mairtin O Muilleoir, who organised the gathering alongside Dean of Belfast John Mann and the African and Caribbean community, described it as a chance to "reflect on the life of Nelson Mandela and give thanks for the inspiration and legacy he has left us".
Mr Mandela has been laid to rest in Qunu, the tiny village in South Africa where he grew up, following a state funeral attended by over 4,000 people including family, world leaders and figures such as entrepreneur Richard Branson and broadcaster Oprah Winfrey.
Addressing the congregation, South African president Jacob Zuma said: "It is the end of an extraordinary journey that began 95 years ago.
South Africa will continue to rise.
"It is the end of 95 glorious years, of a freedom fighter, a dedicated and humble servant of the people of South Africa. Fountain of wisdom, a pillar of strength, and a beacon of hope for all those fighting for a just and equitable world order.
"Your long walk to freedom has ended in a physical sense. Our own journey continues. We have to continue working to build the kind of society you worked tirelessly to construct."
The funeral service marks the end of a week of memorial events for Nelson Mandela.
Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams formed part of the guard of honour for at an African National Congress send-off in Pretoria on Saturday.
Meanwhile on Tuesday, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness attended a national memorial service at Johannesburg's FNB Stadium, alongside British Prime Minister David Cameron, US President Barack Obama and Irish President Michael D Higgins.
A number of books of condolence have been opened in Northern Ireland.
Some 100,000 people came to see Mr Mandela's body as it lay in state in Pretoria over a period of three days this week, with some having to be turned away.
The anti-apartheid revolutionary, who was imprisoned for 27 years before emerging in 1990 to forge a new democratic South Africa, died on 5 December.
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