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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭喜发财)

Today is Chinese New Year 2008.

By the Chinese calendar, 2008 is the year of Rat. There are 12 animal names; so by this system, year names are re-cycled every 12 years.

During the Chinese New Year which last for 15 days, many will greet each other 恭喜发财 (..發財) or 新年快乐(...樂).

Unmarried person will receive a monetary gift in the form of an angpow (red pocket) - see photo on the left.

New Phrases for Today:
恭喜发财 - May you be happy and prosperous
新年快乐 - Happy New Year

New Words for Today:
财 or 財 - wealth; riches; valuables
- New
- Year
- Fast; Quick

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