Thursday, February 07, 2008

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year!

Happy Chinese New Year, and welcome to the Year of the Rat. I wish you all good luck and good fortune. Now let's all head to China and get our gold plated Mplayer.

On another note, I love this quote from Wikipedia's Chinese New Year entry:

Back in the 1970s, children in Hong Kong used the saying: (Cantonese), roughly translated as, "Happy New Year, now give me a red envelope, fifty cents is too little, don't want a dollar either." It basically meant that they disliked small change - coins which were called "hard substance." Instead, they wanted "soft substance", which was either a ten dollar or a twenty dollar bill.

Smart kids! And finally, can anyone explain to me why there are so many different "Happy New Year" pinyin translations? It makes it quite rough on this gweilo.

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