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Yesterday, thousands were in Chinatown to ring in the Year 4705. The Year of the Pig is a very good year, according to the Chinese astrology, lots of prosperity and good luck.

There are a bunch of great Lunar New Year photographs. AKinloch on Flickr took the photograph above of a red lion dancing.

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LW Lens has a nice Flickr set of yesterday's festivities, with lots of crowd shots like the one above. And the "controlled" fireworks display was a big hit. Seabringer took photographs (including the one below) and has video of the countdown. Fireworks are important in Chinese tradition because the loud sounds ward off evil spirits.

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Next Sunday is the big Chinese New Year parade in Chinatown. Learn more at Explore Chinatown (there are some good deals going on this month, too).