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新年好! Happy New Year!
« on: 08 Feb 2013, 14:47 »


Good Luck and Prosperity for the Year Of The Snake!
新年好! 恭喜发财! 萬事如意!蛇年.
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #1 on: 08 Feb 2013, 14:55 »

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda y Neidr i chi! 
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #2 on: 08 Feb 2013, 20:31 »

Gung Hay Fat Choy to you too, kid.
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #3 on: 09 Feb 2013, 23:58 »

I'm reallllly white American mongrel, so I'm going to have to stick to English, but happy new year! :D

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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #4 on: 10 Feb 2013, 01:00 »

Blwyddyn Newydd Dda y Neidr i chi!

That's what Sidhe said!
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #5 on: 10 Feb 2013, 08:53 »

Hyvää (kiinalaista) uutta vuotta! Were the ladies required to wear a qipao to the New Year party?
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #6 on: 10 Feb 2013, 09:24 »

There are always several New Years in a year.  I used to wish my supervisor "Happy New Year" for most of them, including Regular New Year, Chinese New Year, Wicca New Year, Jewish New Year, and Celtic New Year.  She finally got used to it.

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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #7 on: 10 Feb 2013, 09:45 »

(not sure "regular" is the best word there)

One of the girls in my group this year is from China and in our group meeting on Friday she told us this was the first Spring Festival where she would not be with her family.  She looked like she wanted to cry.  :(  I wanted to hug her, but we don't know each other that well yet.
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #8 on: 10 Feb 2013, 10:05 »

I'm pretty sure "Regular" is not the best word.  "Gregorian", perhaps?
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #9 on: 11 Feb 2013, 04:43 »

Happy New Year!

In annoying related business, there's this ad that comes on during work (the shop has its own radio channel thing) saying stuff like, "Celebrate Chinese New Year with noodles, [type of] sauce and [other products]." I feel uncomfortable every time it comes on because I think the person is doing a slight accent but it's also very clear English? I guess holidays are always used to get people to buy things but it still seems off to me.
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #10 on: 11 Feb 2013, 04:51 »

I'm pretty sure "Regular" is not the best word.  "Gregorian", perhaps?

How about "common", as in "Common Era" or CE replacing AD in dates?
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #11 on: 11 Feb 2013, 05:08 »

That term still seems to imply that it's the usual calendar and the others are unusual, uncommon, irregular or whatever.
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #12 on: 11 Feb 2013, 05:22 »

"Common", as in "shared", or "widely agreed on", perhaps - e.g. "Book of Common Worship" ;)

Given that it is the calendar used for international dealings, it is very likely the most commonly used worldwide in any case, without this implying any form of disrespect for other calendars.

But anyway - a belated Happy New Year to you, Akima!
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #13 on: 11 Feb 2013, 05:39 »

Gott nytt år!

That term still seems to imply that it's the usual calendar and the others are unusual, uncommon, irregular or whatever.

But it sort of is at this point, given the adoption throughout global cultures. Other calendars are 'contrary to general practice'. Even the ones where it's the most ingrained it really wasn't all that long ago it became the standard. [Runic]

Like the page says, we Germanic people used Lunisolar calendars prior to it as well, both with 19 year cycles based on the moon. :-)

"The Gregorian calendar was adopted by the nascent Republic of China effective January 1, 1912 for official business, but the general populace continued to use the traditional calendar. /.../ After the Kuomintang reconstituted the Republic of China October 10, 1928, the Gregorian calendar was officially adopted, effective January 1, 1929. The People's Republic of China has continued to use the Gregorian calendar since 1949."

Sounds more or less like what usually happens. The general citizenry maintaining traditions that eventually gets partially absorbed into the official system.
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #14 on: 11 Feb 2013, 05:44 »

I guess at least Common Era doesn't include the religious element which is inherent in AD and BC.
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #15 on: 11 Feb 2013, 06:32 »

That is the specific reason for its adoption.
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #16 on: 11 Feb 2013, 18:09 »

One of the girls in my group this year is from China and in our group meeting on Friday she told us this was the first Spring Festival where she would not be with her family.
That would be tough. Generally Chinese people try very hard to be with their families, especially for Reunion Dinner on New Year's Eve. The annual chunyun (spring travel) is arguably the world's largest human migration.

Skewbrow, ladies are not required to wear a qipao, but many do, including me.  :wink:
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #17 on: 11 Feb 2013, 18:36 »

That would be tough. Generally Chinese people try very hard to be with their families, especially for Reunion Dinner on New Year's Eve. The annual chunyun (spring travel) is arguably the world's largest human migration.

Yeah, originally heard about that from somewhere in Laszlo Montgomery's China History Podcast. Neat.  :-)
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Re: 新年好! Happy New Year!
« Reply #18 on: 11 Feb 2013, 18:41 »

Skewbrow, ladies are not required to wear a qipao, but many do, including me.  :wink:

I can understand why- they are absolutely gorgeous!!

Happy belated New Year! :-)
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