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Last Updated: Sunday January 25 2009 18:56 GMT

In pictures: Chinese New Year 2009

A massive firework display in Beijing welcomed in the new year.

A massive firework display in Beijing in China welcomed in the new year.

It's the year of the ox. The ox, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, symbolises calm and hard work.

2009 is the year of the ox. The ox, one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, symbolises calm and hard work.

New Year fairs spring up in many Chinese cities - such as here in Beijing - selling toys, gifts and decorations.

New Year fairs spring up in many Chinese cities - such as here in Beijing - selling toys, gifts and decorations.

Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world - here in Manila in the Philippines, a stall is selling gifts.

Chinese New Year is celebrated all over the world - here in Manila in the Philippines, a stall is selling gifts.

And here, a man walks under lanterns during Chinese Lunar New Year prayers in Indonesia, south-east Asia.

And here, a man walks under lanterns in Indonesia, south-east Asia.

In London the wet weather didn't stop people taking to the streets for celebrations.

In London the wet weather didn't stop people taking to the streets for celebrations.

And in Liverpool a massive street parade took place!

And in Liverpool a massive street parade took place!