|Snowbro (Xue-Di) says “Ni hao!”|
It’s been about a month since I last updated because I was silently fuming against this New Year’s on January 1st. I mean, c’mon. “New Year’s” is based on the solar calendar from some greco-roman tradition that was arbitrarily decided upon. Who says January 1st is the first day of the year? Is there a placement in the universe that decides that this is the right day?
|The last time the planets (and Pluto) aligned, the world still didn’t explode. Great math there, Mayans. Should’ve had an Asian do the calculations. | From Universe Today|
If we’re looking at calendars, the Islamic calendar makes more sense by having the first day of the year begin Spring. That’s logical! Why would you have the New Year be in the middle of Winter? To be fair, if New Year’s was decided in California, then the previous point should be disregarded.
|This time, Sean Bean lives.|
Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, which is much cooler than the sun. Why is the moon cooler? Everything looks better at night. Like the Islamic calendar, Chinese New Year kicks start Spring as well. Its other name is “Spring Festival.” That’s kind of generic, but when you’re using over 100,000 characters with up to 60 strokes per character, you’d get lazy too.
For some of the Asian readers out there, you may be offended by my listing of it as Chinese New Year and would like to classify it as Korean New Year, Vietnamese New Year, etc. It’s true. You guys celebrate it too, but here are a few points to my listing of it as Chinese New Year.
- China influenced the other countries during the Han Dynasty years (206-220AD).
- China has 1 billion people in the country and probably more spread throughout the world. China, Singapore, etc. pretty much SHUT DOWN during this holiday festivity (see more below).
- Gong Xi Fat Choi – known by Americans everywhere.
- I’m Chinese. Deal with it!
|Dear Nian, leave us alone. Thanks.|
Chinese New Year is essentially family and friend gatherings back to back to back until the 15th day where your family gets together and slowly begins to rest up for returning to work and school. So much excitement and passion happening continuously… just imagine.
My High School AP Physics teacher once told us that if all the people in China were to synchronize jump, it would shift the planet’s trajectory. This is the closest we’ll ever get.
|Please don’t all fall at once please don’t fall at once | From International Business Times|
Everyone usually says “xin nian kwai le” or “Happy New Year.” Adults say “Wan Sui Ru Yi,” which means 10,000 years of good fortune. Don’t you want to be wished 10,000 years of good fortune instead of just “Happy New Year. Oh what’s your resolution? You want to lose 10 lbs? You can do it.” 10,000 years of good fortune would be like losing 10 lbs and being able to eat as much Haagen Dazs for the rest of your life without gaining weight and it improves your health.
Kids get to be somewhat snotty nosed and say “Hong Bao Na Lai” or “Gimme my money.” Of course, it’s somewhat frowned upon, and they usually say it in good humor followed up by the “Wan Sui Ru Yi” ’cause Chinese people be polite.
There’s going to be a whole separate blog post for this because it’s just too good.
So pretty much if we look at it, Chinese New Year’s completely awesome; whereas, normal New Year’s only has the Rose Parade and that’s herbicide.