Chinese New Year family performing traditional greeting. There are multiple blessings Happy Spring Festival in Mandarin. ceon1 zit3 faai3 lok6! Happy Spring.
There are multiple blessings and greetings for Chinese New Year. But there are variations even for the most basic “Happy New Year!”
The simplest is, of course, Happy New Year: 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)
China also contains many dialects, such as Cantonese, Shanghainese and the Beijing dialect. And those dialects don’t include the languages of China’s 55 ethnic minorities.
A European scholar once said that if every dialect regions became a separate country, this area would have more countries than Europe. Northerners and Southerners can rarely understand each other, even though the same written language is used.
Other than Mandarin (standardized Chinese), the most well-known Chinese language is probably Cantonese. It’s more difficult for foreigners to learn. English isn’t a tonal language. Mandarin has 4 tones. And Cantonese has 9.
But if you wish to learn, “Happy New Year” in Cantonese is pronounced: san1 nin4 faai3 lok6!
You can also say春节愉快 (chūn jiē yú kuài), which uses a more formal way to say “happy.” In Cantonese, it’s: ceon1 zit3 jyu4 faai3
In Cantonese-speaking regions, it’s more popular to say恭喜发财(gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4). This is a blessing for wealth and prosperity. The phrase is also used in other regions (Mandarin: gong xǐ fā cái). But the Cantonese like to say this in place of the usual “Happy New Year.”
Some more poetic and “advanced” variations of “Happy New Year”:
It can be said that Chinese culture is based off of Confucianism. This philosophy emphasizes manners, politeness and respect. Age, status and rank are ingrained in actions. This is especially clear during Chinese New Year.
The act of greeting and blessing during Chinese New Year is called 拜年 (bài nián), which literally means to pay a visit for the New Years. You must visit the eldest (seniors from the husband’s side) in the family first. Don’t forget to bring gifts!
In return, the grandparents and elders will give the younger generation red envelopes. The money in red envelopes is also known as 压岁钱 (yā suì qián). Literally, it is “money to anchor the year.”
In the past, currency was in the form of coins similar in shape to donuts. Parents would use red string to tie the coins together and give to their children. It transitioned to be wrapped in red paper and now, put into red envelopes.
By giving the money to the children, the elders are also hoping to pass on a year of good fortune and blessings. In some regions of China, rather than between generations, married couples will give red envelopes to their unmarried friends to transfer some luck.
To receive this, you must perform 3 kowtows to the elders.
Kowtow (磕头—kē tóu) literally means to knock your head (against the floor.) Basically, you kneel and place your hands on the ground before you. Bend over and rest your head between your hands. This is the ultimate show of respect.
The most important meal of the year is the New Year’s Eve reunion dinner. Because the Chinese love treating others to meals, there will also be multiple other dinners throughout the holiday.
Whether it takes place at home or in a restaurant, the seating arrangement is always set.
If the traditional table is used, there will be 4 benches. Each seats 8 people.
The eldest sits in the north, facing the south. Then in descending order, people are seated in the east, west and lastly south. This is due to beliefs in fēng shuǐ (风水).
There are assigned seats in each bench as well. On the northern bench, the leftmost is the most important guest. The right side is reserved for the host.
For the eastern and western benches, the ones closer to the north are usually older (or more important.) It is more casual for the southern bench.
The round tables in Chinese restaurants usually seat 8-12 people. If in a private room, the innermost and centered table is reserved for the highest ranks. The host sits on the right, while the most important guest sits on the left.
For the other tables, the seating arrangement is the same as at home.
Disney’s Mulan was a great movie. But they made a grave mistake.
Whenever they ate, they would stick the chopsticks straight into their bowl of rice. Never do that, especially if eating with elders! It looks like burning incense to commemorate passed ancestors.
Unlike in the West, it’s polite to keep your elbows on the table while eating. You should also make sure you eat everything on your plate. But here’s a friendly tip: if someone sees your plate empty, they’ll naturally pile on more food. So if you don’t want all this food, try to find the right balance and timing!
Also, be prepared for some awkwardness. The Chinese have a habit of asking questions that may make foreigners uncomfortable. Most genuinely want to know because they care or are concerned. Grandparents and aunties and uncles will ask:
Did you get a job? Where do you work? What’s your annual income? Did you get a promotion? Did you find a boy/girlfriend? Why not? Do you want to meet my friend’s kid? When are you getting married? When are you having kids?
It’s a very annoying but heartwarming phenomenon.
You should also ask around for local superstitions and customs. For example, in some regions, there is 1 dish that is always placed on the table. But it’s not meant to be eaten until the very last day of the holiday. Don’t be that guy.
The most important rule of all: no arguments, crying, bickering or fights. It’ll bring bad luck and ruin the mood.
Despite the complicated rules and social customs, Chinese New Year is a time of celebration. Once you have everything down pat, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself (and feast on the great food)!
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Welcome Spring! It’s the wonderful time of the year when snow finally melts, trees begin to blossom and the streets look lively and green again! Even though there might’ve been a bit of a confusion with Mother Nature, who sent some snow for a rather cold welcome to the new season, we can’t wait until temperatures start going up, and we see our areas come back alive once more. Spring comes with the idea of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth, and most people see it as a time of change. Here are 26 quotes to start celebrating Spring and wishing everyone a happy new season!
“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.” - Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
“April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go.” - Christopher Morley
“Everything is blooming most recklessly; if it were voices instead of colors, there would be an unbelievable shrieking into the heart of the night.” - Rainer Maria Rilke
“It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!” - Mark Twain
“Hoe while it is spring, and enjoy the best anticipations. It is not much matter if things do not turn out well.” - Charles Dudley Warner
“Awake, thou wintry earth. Fling off thy sadness! Fair vernal flowers, laugh forth your ancient gladness!” - Thomas Blackburn
“I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden.” - Ruth Stout
“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” - Proverb
“Spring is when you feel like whistling even with a shoe full of slush.” - Doug Larson
“Science has never drummed up quite as effective a tranquilizing agent as a sunny spring day.” - W. Earl Hall
“If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste of adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” - Anne Bradstreet
“No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.” - Hal Borland
“Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.” - Virgil A. Kraft
“Every spring is the only spring — a perpetual astonishment.” - Ellis Peters
“Spring is sooner recognized by plants than by men.” - Chinese Proverb
“The naked earth is warm with Spring, and with green grass and bursting trees leans to the sun’s kiss glorying, and quivers in the sunny breeze.” - Julian Grenfell
“In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours.” - Mark Twain
“Oh, Spring is surely coming, Her couriers fill the air; Each morn are new arrivals, Each night her ways prepare; I scent her fragrant garments, Her foot is on the stair.” - John Burroughs
“You can cut all the flowers but you cannot keep spring from coming.” - Pablo Neruda
“The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also.” - Harriet Ann Jacobs
“Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'” - Robin Williams
“What a strange thing! To be alive beneath cherry blossoms.” - Kobayashi Issa
“Spring is the time of plans and projects.” - Leo Tolstoy
“When spring came, even the false spring, there were no problems except where to be happiest. The only thing that could spoil a day was people and if you could keep from making engagements, each day had no limits. People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.” - Ernest Hemingway
“I suppose the best kind of spring morning is the best weather God has to offer.” - Dodie Smith
“Despite the forecast, live like it's spring.” - Lilly Pulitzer
Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old harvest quotes, harvest sayings, and harvest proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.
Don't envy the harvest of the rich. Envy their planting.
It is only the farmer who faithfully plants seeds in the Spring, who reaps a harvest in the Autumn.
B. C. Forbes
We reap what we sow. Choose what you nourish carefully.
Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.
One cannot collect all the beautiful shells on the beach. One can collect only a few, and they are more beautiful if they are few.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Every season has an end~for a harvest to begin. Embrace the process!
Prophetess Dina Rolle
What we plant in the soil of contemplation, we shall reap in the harvest of action.
Honor the hands that harvest your crops.
Only the people who are working the victory by faith will experience the joy of harvest.
Happiness is the harvest of a quiet eye.
It is not always granted to the sower to see the harvest.
The law of harvest is to reap more than you sow.
The thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest.
Your thoughts are seeds, and the harvest you reap will depend on the seeds you plant.
First Day of Spring Quotes and Saying with Images. Funny Happy Spring Quotes that are short and inspirational to welcome silent spring this.
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Here are 10 of our favorite happy and inspirational quotes about spring, from poems and and authors alike.