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Gung Hay Fat Choy! Happy New Year 4704!

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It's the official Chinese New Year, Year of the Dog, 4704. The internets tell us that new year is the most festive of Chinese festivals, and the photos on this international msn site bear that out: poodles with the fur on their ears dyed yellow and green, parades and more fun. Plus, the translations are excellent: Dogs dress the traditional New Year suit, pose during the performance from the dog circus of Japan.

Gung Hay Fat Choy! Is the traditional Chinese New Year greeting. It means "Best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good new year." (The internets told us that, too).

Of course, our brother site Shanghaiist is all over the New Year celebrations. Angeleno Brett N took a bunch of pre-New Year photos of Shanghai and Chongquing earlier this month. And if you want a look at everyday Chinatown right here at home, LA photoblogger Wojtek Gil has a slideshow for you.

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The big local celebration, the Golden Dragon Parade, will be in Chinatown next weekend, Sat Feb 4. Both Saturday and Sunday will be full of activities, including a mah jong tournament and cooking demonstrations. When all the families go home, there's a multiple location afterparty, complete with 2 party buses running a circuit, from the Grand Star (inside & outside) and the Mountain Bar to Roberto's Bar and Chow Fun. Celebrate now or next week: the choice is yours.