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Chinese New Year

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Keith Oates, 6 Feb 2008.

  1. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Tonight out here it New Years eve and already the fireworks are lighting up the sky and the bangs are loud. It's only 20.20 hours so goodness knows what it will be like in about three hours time.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    HAPPY CHINESE NEW YEAR TO ALL OF YOU
     
  2. Maz

    Maz Guru

    Happy New Year, KO. I knew it was close, but didn't realise it was tomorrow.

    Being nosey but what are you doing in China? You don't have to answer that if you don't want to...just say something mysterious-sounding or whatever.
     
  3. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

    Location:
    Over the Hill
    Year of the Rat I think. Wot's a rat got to do with it?

    Rats - another year in China :ohmy: :ohmy: perhaps?????
     
  4. Kung Hei Fat Choi - or a derivative... I work with several Chinese people who are taking time off...lazy sods :ohmy: Makes Chinatown here in London a "little bit busy".
     
  5. Pete

    Pete Guest

    Happy....

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    ...everyone! :ohmy:
     
  6. Landslide

    Landslide Rare Migrant

    Location:
    Called to the bar
  7. OP
    OP
    Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Mysterious sounding;) but I've been here a few years!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  8. OP
    OP
    Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    Kung Hai Fat Choi to you also but that's Hong Kong ( Cantonese) not Mandarin, not to worry every one is welcome, it's a very big night out here!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  9. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Hoorah. This is the excuse I need to have a Chinese Takeaway (bit of a treat at the moment, cash wise).

    Happy Ratty New Year!

    Come on then Keith, what is happy new year in Mandarin then? Although from what I know of Chinese, the intonation is as important as the pronounciation.
     
  10. OP
    OP
    Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Location:
    Penarth, Wales
    You're right Arch, but after a (good) few beers I don't recall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  11. Pete

    Pete Guest

    ...just so long as the takeaway isn't made from bits of the animal being celebrated ...:biggrin:
    Might be better to wait till next year (Year of the Ox). Can't go wrong then. As for me - I'd probably have to wait until Year of the Dragon...
     
  12. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Staff Member

    Location:
    Bristol
    First I knew of it, was one of my children coming home with Chinese sweets to celebrate the New Year.

    What determines when the New Year is ... is it a movable feast like Easter and pancake day?
     

  13. Ef yew ku ki boi ? :smile: (Porobably not...:biggrin: )
     
  14. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Not sure - it's usually about this time of year...

    <goes away to google>
     
  15. Arch

    Arch Married to Night Train

    Location:
    York, UK
    Apparently the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, based on the phases of the moon and on the sun

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lunisolar_calendar

    So I guess the Chinese new year will be moveable, against our calendar (which is solar). But perhaps not as much as a purely Lunar calendar like the Islamic one?