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Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

Tuesday, February 5, 2019 – Happy Chinese Lunar New Year!

It is day one of The Spring Festival. It is the Year of the Pig and a time to let fortune and happiness come and/or continue. Festivals and celebrations continue for five days.

I have on red to avoid the monsters; I have my pig roasting; my fireworks ready to light; my dragons to be tamed and my cookies with hopes of fortunes that bring happiness and wealth on all of us today and into the New Year.

The Pig is the 12th of all Chinese zodiac animals. Two myths exist about The Pig. The Jade Emperor decided the placement by the order in which the animals of the zodiac arrived to his party. The Pig was late because he overslept and was last to arrive and thus received last place. A second myth is that a wolf destroyed his house and he had to rebuild before he could leave. He must have had one of those straw or stick houses.

These are some Chinese taboos for the day. I think some of them are pretty good whether it is a new year or not.

  • Do not say negative words.
    • Said to jinx yourself or bring misfortunes.
    • Words include death, sick, empty, pain, ghost, poor, break and kill.
  • Do not break ceramics or glass.
    • Said to break your connection to prosperity and fortune.
    • If you break something, wrap it in red and say sui sui ping and ask for peace and security.
  • Do not clean or sweep.
    • You sweep away the good luck.
    • I must have a really lucky house.
  • Do not use scissors, knives or other sharp objects
    • Sharp objects will cut your stream of wealth.
    • This includes getting your hair cut.
  • Do not visit the wife’s family.
    • This indicates a troubled marriage.
    • Go on the second day.
  • Do not demand debt repayment.
    • Another bad luck taboo.
    • To not demand a repayment shows understanding.
  • Avoid fighting and crying
    • Unless there is a special circumstance.
    • Do not reprimand a child that cries.
  • Avoid taking medicine 
    • This means you could be ill the entire year.
    • But your health should come first.
  • Do not give New Years blessings to someone still in bed
    • If you say Bai Nian before the person is out of bed, they will be bed ridden all year.
    • Sleep in
  • Do not give taboo gifts.
    • Especially do not give a clock.
    • It means paying one’s last respect.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Chinese New Year

Thursday, February 19, 2015 – Chinese New Year

Welcome to ESL Class,

Note to class, I am certified in ESL because I was able to answer a series of questions on a test correctly.

Today is Chinese New Year. It is the year of the Goat. So today we will learn to say various greetings to celebrate the New Year.

By tomorrow’s assessment, you should be able to write, say, and translate each of the following. Spelling counts. Good luck.

  • 金玉滿堂 Jīnyùmǎntáng – “May your wealth [gold and jade] come to fill a hall”
  • 大展鴻圖 Dàzhǎnhóngtú – “May you realize your ambitions”
  • 迎春接福 Yíngchúnjiēfú – “Greet the New Year and encounter happiness”
  • 萬事如意 Wànshìrúyì – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”
  • 吉慶有餘 Jíqìngyǒuyú – “May your happiness be without limit”
  • 竹報平安 Zhúbàopíng’ān – “May you hear [in a letter] that all is well”
  • 一本萬利 Yīběnwànlì – “May a small investment bring ten-thousandfold profits”
  • 福壽雙全 Fúshòushuāngquán – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”
  • 招財進寶 Zhāocáijìnbǎo – “When wealth is acquired, precious objects follow”[77]

Well, the least you can do is go eat Chinese food.