The hidden secret to Chinese New Year? A supermarket, of course

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The hidden secret to Chinese New Year? A supermarket, of course

Fireworks, dancing, lanterns and animals are all part of Chinese New Year celebrations. But above all, food is the most important tradition in Chinese culture. 

When Chinese New Year comes along you bet your bottom dollar that stocking up on the best grub is number one on the list of things to do in preparations for the big day. 

London's Chinatown Chinese Association's Mary Miller took us on a tour around a traditional Chinese supermarket to give us an insight into what people traditionally eat to celebrate the new year. 

We went to See Woo, which is one of the most popular Chinese supermarkets in Chinatown,  this time of year sees the place packed out with customers wanting the perfect treats and traditional decorations to make sure their family and friends have the best start to the year. 

We took a tour down the aisles to find out what traditional treats are must haves for the celebration. 

This year is the year of the Sheep in the zodiac calendar. 

It's believed this year will be calm and peaceful just like the sheep. And if you were born in the Year of the Sheep, according to some, this year will be especially lucky and rewarding for you. 

Around Chinese New Year you'll often hear people say "Gung Hay Fat Choy" or in English "Best wishes and congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year."

London Live will broadcast all the colour, music and action from Trafalgar Square and across the capital in a live special programme on Sunday: Live from London: Chinese New Year.

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