8 thoughts on “新年快樂

  1. Happy Lunar New Year! (I’m a dragon so I’m just a little bit worried…) Please keep up the great posts.

  2. I’m most familiar with Chinese New Year, but I just realised that by saying “Happy Chinese New Year” I might have been erasing other cultures that celebrate at this time. So, happy new year to everyone.

    Uh… that was akward.

  3. Hi Heike, so this is your year! Are you worried for that reason? I’ve heard people say two opposite things about when your year comes up. One that you have to be especially careful. Two that it’s a lucky and especially prosperous year for you. I’m hoping #2 is the right one.

    Winterwind, I have heard Chinese people refer to it as “Chinese new year” and sometimes even saying “Happy Chinese New Year” but only when non-Chinese people are around.

    I think “Chinese new year” has become a common term for lunar new year. Like in the news, I saw a number of articles about “Chinese new year” which is celebrated in “Asia.”

  4. Hi Resistance! Yeah, I’m worried b/c this is “my” year. I too have heard that when it’s your year, it will be dramatic for good or bad. (Thank you for your good wishes.) I always refer to it as Lunar New Year b/c Koreans and Vietnamese (at least) also celebrate it. (Although it’s not nearly as big a deal in Korea as in China.)

  5. Thanks for clearing that up, resistance. That does make sense. My family is originally from Malaysia, but we aren’t Chinese, so I always knew it as “Chinese New Year” when I was growing up. Only a few years ago I learnt that other some other cultures (e.g. Korean and Vietnamese, as Heike said) use the same or similar calendars, so they celebrate new year on the same day. I realised that calling it “Chinese New Year” might be insensitive to them, because some people think Asia=China, and non-Chinese Asian cultures are ignored in the West. (I experience something similar. When I tell people I’m Indian, sometimes they speak to me in Hindi or ask me if I celebrate Holi or can dance bhangra, assuming that all South Asian people have one culture.)

    I’m not worried about the year, because I’m a Horse, so whenever trouble comes, I just run away!

  6. I do think using “Lunar new year” or even just “new year” is more inclusive. I like just plain “new year” because it implies this is the “regular” new year. Maybe I’ll start to referring to January 1 as “Gregorian new year” or something. On new year I saw a friend at a show and we wished each other happy new year (in English). Some white acquaintance standing nearby said, “New year?!” so I gave her the boy-are-you-stupid look and turned back to our conversation about new year dinner.

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