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London’s Year of the Pig: Chinese New Year Celebrations

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photograph courtesy of seekaltroutes
photograph courtesy of seekaltroutes

Last year, it was all about man’s best friend. This year, it’s all about Wilbur—or Babe, depending on your loyalties. Bah Ram Ewe!

2007 is the Year of the Pig in Chinese culture and London is ready to roll in the mud.

London’s annual Chinese New Year parade takes place this Sunday starting at 11 a.m. A mix of dancers, musicians and just plain crazy folk will hoof it down the Strand before descending on Trafalgar Square for a full day of merriment. (Big oinks go out to Leonardo DiLorenzo, a dear Cheapo pal, who will be playing guitar during the fest.)

Fireworks ignite at 2 and 5 p.m. in Leicester Square and traditional food troughs (er, stalls) and family workshops are open throughout the day in Chinatown.

If you can’t wait until Sunday, check out the Chinese Arts Festival, which kicks off tomorrow. All events are part of a two-month celebration of Chinese culture in London. Now, that’s something to squeal about.

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Meredith Franco Meyers

About the author: Meredith earned an MFA in fiction writing at The New School in New York City. Her feature stories and articles have appeared in Ladies' Home Journal, American Baby, Self, Bridal Guide, Time Out New York, Fitness and more. She joined EuroCheapo in summer 2007.

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