Happy Chinese New Year!

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Today (Sunday, Feb 18th, 2007) is the first day of the new year by the lunar calendar and thus the first day of the new Chinese year, the year of the piggy. If you’re curious about some of the other things involved in the Chinese New Year, Wikipedia has a pretty comprehensive writeup about the various customs and the history behind the importance of the Chinese New Year, I recommend you give it a read if you want to learn more.

Xīnnián kuàilè! (Happy New Year!)

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7 Responses to “Happy Chinese New Year!”

  1. Martha says:

    Gōngxi fācái!

  2. perry says:

    Now where’s my red packet?

  3. Happy Chinese New Year to everyone. I’m no piggy though, I’m a fire horse!

  4. Foobarista says:

    We did the New Year party thing at our house; it was fun. We also watched the Chinese New Year show, which was long, but required.

    I had a dream about pigs in our back yard last night, which my wife interpreted as being a strong good luck sign. Hope she’s right 🙂

  5. mapgirl says:

    Had dim sum at China Garden yesterday (sat) in Rosslyn with a Taiwanese friend. So far it’s the best dim sum I’ve had in DC, but I’ve never been to the good places in Rockville. Shoot me an email if you have any favorites.

    Gong Hay Fat Choi! (Cantonese pinyin butchery I learn in San Francisco.)

  6. mapgirl says:

    I cannot resist! “Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo nálái”

    “Irreverent children may jokingly use the phrase “Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo nálái”, roughly translated as “Happy New Year, now give me a red envelope.””

  7. Oh, and remember to give money in even units, not odd ones! Even units are for celebrations, odd units for funerals. But avoid fours at all times, ie. $380 is better than $400 and much better than $440. Include sixes or eights if you can, luckier.

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