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This Sunday will make the new lunar year, the year 4704, for many Asian cultures, and Chinatown will be hopping. And why not, as it's nice to have another new year when you can (you can start going to gym again religiously - we know you pooped out after four days!). Here are events happening in Chinatown, from Explore Chinatown:

3rd Annual Lunar New Year Flower Market

Friday, January 27th, Noon - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 28th, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Columbus Park

New Year's Day Firecracker Ceremony & Culture Festival

Sunday, January 29th
- Firecracker Ceremony: Noon at intersection of Mott & Bayard Streets
- Culture Festival: 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. at intersection of Mott & Bayard Streets

7th Annual Chinatown Lunar New Year Parade
- Parade: Sunday, February 5th at 1pm starting at Canal & Mott Streets
- Culture Festival: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m. at Mott & Bayard Streets

So, flowers and firecrackers this weekend, then parade next. The Explore Chinatown site also has nice explanations of Chinese New Year traditions and foods (more about Chinese New Year from Wikipedia and Gothamist Food loves Fuleen Seafood). And for another glimpse of Chinatown, check out Jennifer 8 Lee's article in the NY Times about experiencing Chinatown in NYC; Gothamist has also wondered what haw (haw flakes)...now we just need to do more research on what "hawthorne" is.

And as crazy and hectic as Chinatown will be this weekend, it's nothing compared to the action our sibling site Shanghaiist is seeing.

Photograph of Chinese New Year hangings inside the apartment door; it's the Money God flanked by friends - read more to see what they mean