A little extra rejoicing went into Chinese New Year celebrations on February 13, for it saw the beginning of the year of the pig and the end of the year of the dog.
GV Fireworks display (3 shots)
Gerrard Street sign
Chinese dancing lions in Soho surrounded by people (3 shots)
CUs Firecrackers exploding
GVs AND CUs Truck in the middle of crowd, fireworks being lit, Chinese woman (3 shots)
GVs People dressed in various costumes celebrating the new year in street (9 shots)
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Background: A little extra rejoicing went into Chinese New Year celebrations on February 13, for it saw the beginning of the year of the pig and the end of the year of the dog. According to Chinese mythology the pig corresponds with years of plenty, meaning harvests are better and bank accounts grow larger. While the year of the dog signified a poor year --which many Chinese still believe is true after 1982, despite having a record harvest in China. In Hong Kong the new year was seen in with a fireworks display. The Chinese left no doubt amongst foreigners who it was who invented gunpowder. The spectacular display continued from night fall on new year's eve to dawn. The British celebrated in London with traditional dancing lions in the Chinese area of central London. Thousands of British and Chinese thronged into the streets to watch the celebrations. But the most elaborate festivities were in Beijing, where one company made 810 million fireworks for the Chinese capital alone. The people celebrated b dressing in traditional costumes and dancing in the streets throughout the day and night.