Thursday, February 3, 2011

Today is New Year Day for Chinese, Korean & Vietnamese

Today is Chinese New Year, we wish all Chinese Happy Chinese New Year. It is also Korean New Year, Vietnamese New Year. Happy Korean New year, happy Vietnamese new year.

It used to be the new year for Japanese, shōgatsu but they had changed from lunar calendar Gregorian calendar after 1873, five years from the Meiji Restoration.

To all Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese all over the world;

新年快樂; 새해 복 많이 받으세요;Vạn sự như ý

This year is the year of rabbit for Chinese; and the year of cat for Vietnamese

Chinese New Year(春节)

Chinese New Year - often called Chinese Lunar New Year although it actually is lunisolar - is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. Despite its winter occurrence, in China it is known as "Spring Festival," the literal translation of the Chinese name 春节 (Pinyin: Chūn Jié), owing to the difference between Western and traditional Chinese methods for computing the seasons. The festival begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: Zhēng Yuè) in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as Chú Xī (除夕) or "Eve of the Passing Year."

Not only in Mainland China, Chinese all over the world celebrate the same Chinese New Year. Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, and all China towns in the world, including London,San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles; Wellington, Sydney, Vancouver....

Wherever you are, I wish all Chinese over the world; 新年快樂

Korean New Year(설날,Seolnal)

Korean New Year, commonly known as Seolnal (Hangul: 설날; RR: Seolnal; MR: Sǒlnal), is the first day of the lunar calendar. It is the most important of the traditional Korean holidays. It consists of a period of celebrations, starting on New Year's Day.

Wish all Korean all over the world;

새해 복 많이 받으세요

Vietnamese New Year(Tết Nguyên Đán or Tet)

This year is the year of cat(mèo/mão) for Vietnamese.

In the Vietnamese zodiac, the "cat" replaces the "rabbit" in the Chinese zodiac. Thus, a child born in the Chinese year of the rabbit was also born in the Vietnamese year of the cat (mèo/mão).

Tết Nguyên Đán, more commonly known by its shortened name Tết or "Vietnamese Lunar New Year", is the most important and popular holiday and festival in Vietnam. It is the Vietnamese New Year marking the arrival of spring based on the Lunar calendar, a lunisolar calendar. The name Tết Nguyên Đán is Sino-Vietnamese for Feast of the First Morning, derived from the Hán nôm characters 節元旦.

Tết is celebrated on the same day as Chinese New Year though exceptions arise due to the one-hour time difference between Hanoi and Beijing resulting in the alternate calculation of the new moon. It takes place from the first day of the first month of the Lunar calendar (around late January or early February) until at least the third day. Many Vietnamese prepare for Tết by cooking special holiday foods and cleaning the house. There are a lot of customs practiced during Tết, such as visiting a person's house on the first day of the new year (xông nhà), ancestral worshipping, wishing New Year's greetings, giving lucky money to children and elderly people, and opening a shop.

Tết is also an occasion for pilgrims and family reunions. During Tết, Vietnamese visit their relatives and temples, forgetting about the troubles of the past year and hoping for a better upcoming year. They consider Tết to be the first day of spring and the festival is often called Hội xuân (spring festival).

Wish all Vietnamese all over the world;

Vạn sự như ý

To all Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and even Japanese, i wish you all and the world

"歲歲平安"(everlasting peace year after year)

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