Happy Chinese New Year!!!


devilot

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I guess if we want to be politically correct, shouldn't it be Happy Lunar New Year? Non-Chinese Asians also observe this holiday. :p

Can't wait... gonna have at least 15 relatives over today. Sigh. Gotta go clean the house though. :eek:
 

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devilot said:
I guess if we want to be politically correct, shouldn't it be Happy Lunar New Year? Non-Chinese Asians also observe this holiday. :p

Can't wait... gonna have at least 15 relatives over today. Sigh. Gotta go clean the house though. :eek:
Chinese New Year = Lunar New Year,
I don't know what Non-Chinese Asians do you mean, but maybe they have Chinese blood lineage or they are Overseas Chinese.
 

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KKKL said:
Chinese New Year = Lunar New Year,
I don't know what Non-Chinese Asians do you mean, but maybe they have Chinese blood lineage or they are Overseas Chinese.
I mean Vietnamese, some Koreans, and I'm sure some Japanese celebrate the Lunar New Year. I don't know enough about Asian cultures... possibly others out there as well.
 

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Happy Chinese New Year to you all as well, I just spent the whole day visiting my friends and relatives. Well, the chinese has a tradition of giving "red packets" to younger, unmarried children and money are put in those packets. To some of the kids, chinese new year is when they can get lots of pocket money.
 

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devilot said:
I mean Vietnamese, some Koreans, and I'm sure some Japanese celebrate the Lunar New Year. I don't know enough about Asian cultures... possibly others out there as well.
Long long time before, there was a period, large number of Chinese move to Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore... nearly the whole Asia and settled down there. They followed the Lunar New Year custom and past it down from generation to generation...
 

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angelneo said:
Happy Chinese New Year to you all as well, I just spent the whole day visiting my friends and relatives. Well, the chinese has a tradition of giving "red packets" to younger, unmarried children and money are put in those packets. To some of the kids, chinese new year is when they can get lots of pocket money.
:mad: :(
I lost a red packet today, the red packet was givin by my grandma. I put it in the coin pocket of my jeans and i couldnot find it anymore when got home.:( :mad:
 

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Happy New Years, I was just about to make a topic. I noticed Google had the dog thingy, which I thought was cool.

[] <--- Lucky envelopes for MR :D
 

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devilot said:
I guess if we want to be politically correct, shouldn't it be Happy Lunar New Year? Non-Chinese Asians also observe this holiday. :p
If you don't think it's chinese new year, go start your own thread. :p

It's chinese new year for the next 10 days or so if you're hardcore, and even if you're not, you'll celebrate for at least 3 days.

bousozoku said:
Gong xi fa cai! Happy Chinese New Year!
That's in Mandarin. In Cantonese, it's "Gong Hei Fat Choi" (don't know how to spell it....I'm doing it phonetically). :)
 

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That's in Mandarin. In Cantonese, it's "Gong Hei Fat Choi" (don't know how to spell it....I'm doing it phonetically). :)
Close enough. I was thinking that I had seen Gong Ji Fat Choy years ago before the Mandarin transliteration was changed by China. It doesn't really matter.

Oh, and by the way, the year is 4704, if anyone else wants to know.
 

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Ok, I'll try again:

Cantonese: Göng Hei Fat Choi (hope that diaeresis/dieresis shows up on your screens)
Mandarin: Göng Shi/Xi Fa Chai

I don't know Mandarin though (trying to teach it to myself.....yes, it's hard), so I don't know if I did it right, but I always thought that "romanizing" chinese was done very very poorly.

I mean, my last name is "Kwan," but whether you use Mandarin or Cantonese, it's pronounced "Gwan" or "Guan," similar to how the country/territory Guam is pronounced, but with an "n". It's all done wrong, and I wish people would make it right.
 

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Having a great Chinese New Year

Dressed "Eevee" in a traditional Chinese outfit. She's two years old and our friends just loved her running around yelling "Happy New Years!"

Had great Chinese food.

Only problem is that I don't have enough $ to give out in red envelopes.

For those who received $, how much did you get? Just curious!;)
 

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Ok, I'll try again:

Cantonese: Göng Hei Fat Choi (hope that diaeresis/dieresis shows up on your screens)
Mandarin: Göng Hei Fa Chai

I don't know Mandarin though (trying to teach it to myself.....yes, it's hard), so I don't know if I did it right, but I always thought that "romanizing" chinese was done very very poorly.

I mean, my last name is "Kwan," but whether you use Mandarin or Cantonese, it's pronounced "Gwan" or "Guan," similar to how the country/territory Guam is pronounced, but with an "n". It's all done wrong, and I wish people would make it right.
I understand what you're saying. The thing that makes Japanese easier to pronounce than other Asian languages is that they have one decent transliteration (Hepburn) that looks the way it sounds and the one the government created, which is what you would expect--not quite right.

Of course, Chinese has so many intonations for a single vowel, it's much more difficult. Add in the various dialects besides Mandarin and Cantonese and it's more difficult than anything else on the planet.

Funny, listening to a t.v. commercial for Asian cars is amazing because the people mess up the names so horribly. Isuzu is so simple and yet people can't say e-sue-zoo and some dude the other night was saying Hahnd eye for Hyundai when it should be Hun day at least.
 

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I always love checking out the festivities in China Town in Melbourne, there's always lots going on. I love learning about the celebrations of of countries and cultures.

Happy New Year! :)
 

devilot

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If you don't think it's chinese new year, go start your own thread.
I do think it's "Chinese New Year" seeing as I am Chinese. But there are other folks out there who aren't aware that other cultures also celebrate the Lunar New Year.
Eevee said:
For those who received $, how much did you get? Just curious!
Not as much in past years but that's fine by me. At my age, I'm just stoked to get anything! :D I'm in college... and I got $90 from aunts/bf's mom, my mom gave me at least double that! She spoils me rotten.
bousozoku said:
Of course, Chinese has so many intonations for a single vowel, it's much more difficult.
Ai-yah! Flashbacks from Chinese school. Er. I dunno how to type it. :eek: The darn four intonations for the 'tzoo-ing.' Oh man. I almost always got those wrong on my tests.

All that aside. My parents and I just came back from dinner out in a Chinese restaurant. It was beyond packed (and it's a lousy place, too)! I am so glad we didn't bother going near the yummier places-- the wait in other places was probably over an hour just to be seated. :eek:
 

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My wife went to the farmers market today and said someone kept asking her about what she was going to do.. She simply stated that she was Japanese and didn't observe it. She said she felt rude walking away from the person but they kept going on and on :p

Ed
 

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KKKL said:
Mandarin: Gong Xi Fa Cai
Didn't i say that already? :D

devilot said:
I do think it's "Chinese New Year" seeing as I am Chinese. But there are other folks out there who aren't aware that other cultures also celebrate the Lunar New Year.
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Ai-yah! Flashbacks from Chinese school. Er. I dunno how to type it. :eek: The darn four intonations for the 'tzoo-ing.' Oh man. I almost always got those wrong on my tests.

All that aside. My parents and I just came back from dinner out in a Chinese restaurant. It was beyond packed (and it's a lousy place, too)! I am so glad we didn't bother going near the yummier places-- the wait in other places was probably over an hour just to be seated. :eek:
I can handle a little Chinese but it's like Mantonkien. :D

It's sad that you would go to a lousy place. I hope that you don't have food poisoning. I would have gone to a Chinese restaurant but, in the Orlando area, they're all lousy. :eek:

Ed H said:
My wife went to the farmers market today and said someone kept asking her about what she was going to do.. She simply stated that she was Japanese and didn't observe it. She said she felt rude walking away from the person but they kept going on and on :p

Ed
We're a practical people. One new year a year is enough, right? :D
 

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bousozoku said:
It's sad that you would go to a lousy place. I hope that you don't have food poisoning.
Haha. It's not that bad! Actually, well, it's the new year, my father is leaving for Taiwan tomorrow, and the restaurant we wanted to try out was closed! :confused: <-- That's the first time I've seen a Chinese-owned business closed on a holiday. :eek: So we just went to another place nearby. Sigh.
 

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devilot said:
Haha. It's not that bad! Actually, well, it's the new year, my father is leaving for Taiwan tomorrow, and the restaurant we wanted to try out was closed! :confused: <-- That's the first time I've seen a Chinese-owned business closed on a holiday. :eek: So we just went to another place nearby. Sigh.
Good, then. I'd hate to see someone sick for eating.

I'm reminded of going to a Japanese restaurant run by Chinese in Philadelphia's China Town. It was highly recommended by co-workers. I ordered unaju--roasted eel on rice. It was burnt when they delivered it to my table. I complained. They told me that it was just the skin. I told them that it was the burnt skin and I flaked some of it onto the rice...ewwww. They replaced it immediately. That was a lousy restaurant. Now, if the people at a Japanese restaurant don't speak Japanese, I leave. :D