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Happy [Chinese] New Year!

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by cybrxkhan, Feb 18, 2015.

  1. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    Gong Hei Fat Choi! 恭喜發財! Chúc mừng năm mới! 새해 복 많이 받으세요!

    Because Chinese/Vietnamese/Korean/whatever/not-Japanese New Year is the real New Year.

    Prosperity, happiness, wealth, etc. to all, etc. etc. etc.

    I hope this year the old folks give me a lot of money, I need it for once.
     
  2. gangleri2001

    gangleri2001 Garbage day!!!

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    垃圾收集日!!!
     
  3. Wolfbeckett

    Wolfbeckett Jerkin' and nonsense.

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    BOOOOOO Chinese New Year. I went out for dinner to the local Vietnamese place today and they were closed because of it. BOOOOOO!

    I wanted pho dammit!
     
  4. Knight-Dragon

    Knight-Dragon Unhidden Dragon Retired Moderator

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    Yes, Happy Chinese New Year to yer all too. :)
     
  5. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    If it makes you feel better, a lot of Asian restaurants are open on Christmas. :D
     
  6. Joecoolyo

    Joecoolyo 99% Lightspeed

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    Where else would I get dinner after the movie?
     
  7. warpus

    warpus In pork I trust

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    Happy Chinese New Year!

    Maybe this is a silly question, but what's special about this particular time, in terms of terming it "Beginning of the new year" ? I'm curious in terms of the Chinese calendar, etc.
     
  8. NetGear

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    Arbitrary starting point/anniversary in a cycle just like any holidays/birthdays.

    Also the fact that Koreans get 3 days off as opposed to typical 1-2 in west, is enough incentive to keep it special. :p
     
  9. cybrxkhan

    cybrxkhan Asian Xwedodah

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    The Chinese calendar is one of those lunar calendars, i.e. the months and years are determined by the patterns and cycles of the moon rather than the sun, so that's why the new year date changes every year in the Gregorian calendar - so it's actually the same day every year, just not on the Gregorian calendar. But otherwise like NetGear said its kinda arbitrary. I do think it's suposed to be the beginning of spring, or something, though I don't really know. Of course, nowadays, most Asians use the Gregorian calendar, but we still use the old calendar for tradiational celebrations and others traditional thingies.

    In the good old days new year celebrations lasted up to two weeks!
     

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