The other day I was feeling a bit nostalgic and I started thinking about my experience last year in Taiwan, and the shock I felt when I learned that the Lunar New Year had some actual significance beyond partying. So I was inspired to research a bit more about the upcoming Lunar New Year, and found a bunch of things I didn't know about, and this compelled me to blog about my "western" perspective to help others learn more about a holiday that is so important to so many others.

But I'm thinking that my initial reaction was a bit heavy handed, such as thinking we should not say 'Chinese New Years' because it's actually Malaysian, Phillipino, etc New Years as well, amongst other things.


Check out my post and let me know how you guys feel, Chinese in particular :) 


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Comment by 秦胜 on February 10, 2014 at 4:16pm

中国农历[zhōngguó nónglì]: Chinese Calendar;chinese lunar;chinese lunar calendar.

我认为只有"Chinese calendar"是相对正确的翻译。

I think the only "Chinese calendar" is a relatively accurate translation.


Why? Because the Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar, based on the moon's change to determine the month, and increased intercalary month (extra month) depending on the position of the sun, the length of the average annual return was close to the length of the tropical year.


Because of this arrangement of the twenty-four solar terms to guide agricultural production activities, so called agricultural calendar.


These twenty-four solar terms be constituted base of geographical location and climate in Henan Province of China, and does not finish applied to other parts of China. No more suitable for the pleases have not changing seasons, like Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia.

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Comment by 秦胜 on February 7, 2014 at 11:13am

@Malak Lopez






Comment by Malak Lopez on February 7, 2014 at 7:57am


对于你头一点,我从来没有听到这些消息,所以谢谢您跟我们分享,真让我大开眼界。因为你的解释而我改变了我的想法了,目前觉得“Chinese New Year"还行的。


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Comment by 秦胜 on February 5, 2014 at 6:19pm


In China, most people are more accustomed to the "Spring Festival", rather than "Lunar New Year" or "Chinese New Year."

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Comment by 秦胜 on February 4, 2014 at 6:57pm


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