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Power-English3: Dos and Donts of Chinese New Year  

2011-01-15 12:28:17|  分类: 动力英语 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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Dos and Donts of Chinese New Year 


    Do's:

   Wish everyone you meet a happy New Year by saying "gong xi fa cai",which translates to: "Have a happy and prosperous New Year!" 对每一个你遇到的人道一声:“恭喜发财”,翻译成英文就是:“在新的一年里拥有幸福繁荣的生活”;


    Wear articles of red clothing because red symbolizes luck.  穿红色布料做成的饰品,因为红色昭示着幸运;


    Eat vegetarian food because it's not good to see blood.  吃素食,因为见血是不吉利的;


   Buy new trousers because the Chinese word for trousers is "fu",(Chinese homonym for wealth)  

                                                                         买新裤子(衣服),因为汉语里裤子就是“服”,(在汉语里与财富的“富”谐音);
   Children should stay up as late as possible on New Year's Eve for it isbelieved that the later they stay up, the longer their parents willlive. 孩子应该在除夕之夜尽可能晚睡、熬夜因为据说他们睡的越晚,他们的父母越长寿;


    Visit family(especially those older than yourself) and friends to pass on yourwishes on good fortune for the New Year. (plus kids and single peoplewill receive lai-see lucky red packets full of money. 拜访亲戚朋友,传递你对他们来年幸福的美好祝愿(另外孩子和单身的人将会得到装满钱的幸运红包,称为“来喜”。)


   Give two lai see to each child. Because happiness comes in two's, donot just give one. This is your way of passing good luck to the nextgeneration. Business owners also give lai see to employees and associates.  
给每个孩子两份“来喜”,因为好事成双,不要只给一份。这是你把祝愿传递给下一代的方法。企业主也要给员工和同事红包。

      Customs:

过年 Guo-nian; have the Spring Festival 

对联 poetic couplet: two successive rhyming lines in poetry

春联 Spring Festival couplets

剪纸 paper-cuts

年画 New Year paintings

买年货 special purchases for the Spring Festival ; do Spring Festival shopping

敬酒 propose a toast

灯笼 lantern: a portable light

烟花 fireworks

爆竹 firecrackers (People scare off evil spirits and ghosts with the loud pop.)

红包 red packets (cash wrapped up in red paper, symbolize fortune and wealth in the coming year.) 

舞狮 lion dance (The lion is believed to be able to dispel evil and bring good luck.)

舞龙 dragon dance (to expect good weather and good harvests)

戏曲 traditional opera

杂耍 variety show; vaudeville

灯谜 riddles written on lanterns

灯会 exhibit of lanterns

守岁 staying-up

拜年 pay New Year's call; give New Year's greetings; New Year's visit

禁忌 taboo

去晦气 get rid of the ill-fortune

祭祖宗 offer sacrifices to one's ancestors

压岁钱 gift money; money given to children as a lunar New Year gift 

辞旧岁 bid farewell to the old year

扫房 spring cleaning; general house-cleaning

 Good luck in the year ahead! 祝吉星高照!

·I hope you have a most happy and prosperous New Year.

·Wishing you happiness during the holidays and throughout the New Year.

·May the Spring Festival bring many good things and rich blessings to you and to all those you love!

·I give you endless brand-new good wishes. Please accept them as a new remembrance of our lasting friendship.

·Please accept my sincere wishes for the Spring Festival. I hope you will continue to enjoy good health.

·Please accept my season's greetings and best wishes for the Spring Festival.

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