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Chinese New Year in Chinese...

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I've noticed you are looking for "chinese new year". Words like "Oriental", "Asian", "Chinese", "Japanese" and "Korean" are sometimes a bit too general since most of the phrases and words in my database are related to these terms. You may want to try your search again with just the base words for better results.


Happy New Year

China xīn nián kuài lè
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If you want to wish someone a happy new year this is the way. You can hang this up during western New Years (Dec 31st - Jan 1st) and keep it up until after Chinese New Years which happens in either January or February of each year (it changes from year to year because China uses a lunar calendar).

Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

China nián nián yǒu yú
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This is a common proverb to hear around the time of Chinese New Years. Directly translated character by character it means, "Year Year Have Surplus". A more natural English translation including the deeper meaning would be "Every Year may you Have Abundance in your life".

On a side note, this phrase often goes with a gift of something related to fish. This is because the last character "yu" which means surplus or abundance has exactly the same pronunciation in Mandarin as the word for "fish".

This is also one of the most common titles for traditional paintings that feature koi fish.

In China, this phrase might make an odd wall scroll - a customer asked special for this common phrase which is why it appears here. See my other abundance-related words if you want a wall scroll that will seem more comfortable in Chinese culture.

Note: This can be pronounced in Korean, but it's not a commonly-used term.


See Also...  Prosperity | Good Fortune

Broken Mirror Rejoined

Used in modern times for divorced couples that come back together
China pò jìng chóng yuán
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A husband and wife separated and reunited.

About 1500 years ago in China, there lived a beautiful princess named Le Chang. She and her husband Xu De Yan loved each other very much. But when the army of the Sui Dynasty was about to attack their kingdom, disposed of all of their worldly possessions and prepared to flee into exile.

They knew that in the chaos, they might lose track of each other, so the one possession they kept was a bronze mirror which is a symbol of unity for a husband and wife. They broke the mirror into two pieces, and each of them kept half of the mirror. They decided that if separated, they would try to meet in the fair during the 15th day of the first lunar month (which is the lantern festival). Unfortunately, the occupation was brutal, and the princess was forced to become the mistress of the new commissioner of the territory, Yang Su.

At the Lantern Festival the next year, the husband came to the fair to search for his wife. He carried with him, his half of the mirror. As he walked through the fair, he saw the other half of the mirror for sale at a junk market by a servant of the commissioner. The husband recognized his wife's half of the mirror immediately, and tears rolled down his face as he was told by the servant about the bitter and loveless life that the princess had endured.

As his tears dripped onto the mirror, the husband scratched a poem into his wife's half of the mirror:


You left me with the severed mirror,
The mirror has returned but absent are you,
As I gaze in the mirror I seek your face,
I see the moon, but as for you, I see not a trace.


The servant brought the inscribed half of the mirror back to the princess. For many days, the princess could not stop crying when she found that her husband was alive and still loved her.

Commissioner Yang Su, becoming aware of this saga realized that he could never obtain the love of the princess. He sent for the husband and allowed them to reunite.

This proverb in Chinese is now used to describe a couple who has been torn apart for some reason (usually divorce), but have come back together (or remarried).
It seems to be more common these days in America for divorced couples to reconcile and get married to each other again. This would be a great gift if you know someone who is about to remarry their ex.

Rat / Mouse

Year of the Rat / Zodiac Sign
China shǔ
Japan nezumi
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This is the character for rat (and sometimes mouse) in Chinese, old Korean, and Japanese.

If you were born in the year of the Rat, you . . .


Are sensitive and smart.
Easily to adapt to the new environments.
Have a curious nature.
Are good at using the opportunities that are presented to you.

In some contexts, this character could mean "mouse".


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Monkey

Year of the Monkey / Zodiac Sign
China hóu
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This is the character for monkey in Chinese.
This means ape in Japanese due to a error made long ago as Japan absorbed Chinese characters.

If you were born in the year of the monkey, you . . .


Are smart, brave, active and competitive.
Like new things.
Have a good memory.
Are quick to respond
Have an easy time winning people's trust.
Are however, not very patient.


See also our Chinese Zodiac page.

Note: This character does have the meaning of monkey in Korean Hanja, but is not used very often.


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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your chinese new year search...

Character Images Characters / Kanji
If shown, second row is Simplified Chinese
Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition
子
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Mandarin zi // zǐ / zi5 // zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese mi
 ne
 su
 shi
 kou / ko こう
 ko
Chinese (noun suffix); son; child; seed; egg; small thing; 1st earthly branch: 11 p.m.-1 a.m., midnight, 11th solar month (7th December to 5th January), year of the Rat; Viscount, fourth of five orders of nobility 五等爵位[wu3 deng3 jue2 wei4]
Japanese (1) fruit; nut; (2) seed; (3) (in broth) pieces of meat, vegetable, etc.; (4) content; substance; first sign of Chinese zodiac (The Rat, 11pm-1am, north, November); (suffix) (archaism) (honorific or respectful language) honorific (or familiar) suffix used after a name; (1) child (esp. a boy); (2) viscount; (3) (honorific or respectful language) master (founder of a school of thought, esp. Confucius); (4) philosophy (branch of Chinese literature); non-Confucian Hundred Schools of Thought writings; (5) (archaism) you (of one's equals); (suffix noun) (6) -er (i.e; (1) (obscure) child; (n,n-suf) (2) (obscure) interest; (n,n-suf) (1) child; (2) young (animal); (3) young woman; young geisha; (4) offshoot; (5) interest; (6) (abbreviation) new shares; (7) player who is not a dealer (in cards, mahjong, etc.); (n,n-suf) (8) (archaism) bird egg; (suffix noun) (9) -er (often of young women); Nene (personal name)
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight.

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年貨
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年貨
年货
Mandarin nián huò / nian2 huo4
Taiwan nien huo
Chinese merchandise sold for Chinese New Year

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利事
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利事 Mandarin lì shì / li4 shi4
Taiwan li shih
Chinese lucky item (poster, envelope etc) made from red paper, used especially at Chinese New Year, also written 利是[li4 shi4]

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利是
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利是 Mandarin lì shì / li4 shi4
Taiwan li shih
Chinese lucky item (poster, envelope etc) made from red paper, used especially at Chinese New Year, also written 利事[li4 shi4]

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春節
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春節
春节
Mandarin chūn jié / chun1 jie2
Taiwan ch`un chieh / chun chieh
Japanese shunsetsu しゅんせつ
Chinese Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
Japanese Lunar New Year; Chinese New Year; Spring Festival

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春運
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春運
春运
Mandarin chūn yùn / chun1 yun4
Taiwan ch`un yün / chun yün
Chinese (increased) passenger transportation around Chinese New Year

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燈謎
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燈謎
灯谜
Mandarin dēng mí / deng1 mi2
Taiwan teng mi
Chinese riddles written on lanterns (e.g. for the Lantern Festival at the end of Chinese New Year)

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舊年
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舊年
旧年
Mandarin jiù nián / jiu4 nian2
Taiwan chiu nien
Chinese last year; the Chinese New Year (i.e. the new year in the old calendar)

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蓬莱
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蓬莱 Japanese hourai / horai ほうらい
Chinese See: 蓬萊
Japanese (1) Mount Penglai; Penglai Island; enchanted land of perpetual youth from Chinese mythology; (2) sacred mountain (e.g. Mount Fuji, Mount Kumano, etc.); (3) (abbreviation) Kansai New Year decoration (made from food); (4) Formosa; Taiwan; Yomogirai (surname)

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過年
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過年
过年
Mandarin guò nián / guo4 nian2
Taiwan kuo nien
Chinese to celebrate the Chinese New Year

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吊鐘花
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吊鐘花
吊钟花
Mandarin diào zhōng huā / diao4 zhong1 hua1
Taiwan tiao chung hua
Chinese Chinese New Year flower (Enkianthus quinqueflorus)

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年三十
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年三十 Mandarin nián sān shí / nian2 san1 shi2
Taiwan nien san shih
Chinese last day of the lunar year; Chinese New Year's Eve

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旧正月
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旧正月 Japanese kyuushougatsu / kyushogatsu きゅうしょうがつ
Japanese lunisolar New Year; Chinese New Year; Vietnamese Tet;

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辦年貨
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辦年貨
办年货
Mandarin bàn nián huò / ban4 nian2 huo4
Taiwan pan nien huo
Chinese to shop in preparation for Chinese New Year

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新春佳節
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新春佳節
新春佳节
Mandarin xīn chūn jiā jié / xin1 chun1 jia1 jie2
Taiwan hsin ch`un chia chieh / hsin chun chia chieh
Chinese Chinese New Year festivities

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農曆新年
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農曆新年
农历新年
Mandarin nóng lì xīn nián / nong2 li4 xin1 nian2
Taiwan nung li hsin nien
Chinese Chinese New Year; Lunar New Year

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逢年過節
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逢年過節
逢年过节
Mandarin féng nián guò jié / feng2 nian2 guo4 jie2
Taiwan feng nien kuo chieh
Chinese at the Chinese New Year or other festivities

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All of our calligraphy wall scrolls are handmade.

When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

Allow a few weeks for delivery. Rush service speeds it up a week or two for $10!

When you select your calligraphy, you'll be taken to another page where you can choose various custom options.

A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Autumn
Ba Gua Zhang
Balance
Be True
Beautiful Girl
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Beauty
Benevolence
Bible
Bird
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blossom
Brad
Brotherly Love
Bujin
Cancer Zodiac Sign
Capricorn
Carpe Diem
Cause and Effect
Change
Cherry Blossom
Confucius
Dance
Dark
Debbie
Deborah
Disciple of Christ
Double Happiness
Dragon
Dragon Phoenix
Dragon Tiger
Drake
Empress
Eternal
Faith in God
Family Home
Fire
Fish
Fist
Flower
Flowers
Flying Tiger
Forest
Forever in My Heart
Gemma
George
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold Fish
Golden
Golden Rule
Good Luck
Grace from Heaven
Great
Great Ambitions
Great Expectations
Guan Gong
Happiness
Harmony
Health
Heather
Hunter
I Love Mother
I Need You
Invincible
Joshua
Koi Fish
Kyokushinkai
Lawrence
Liberty
Libra
Light
Listen
Live for Today
Longevity
Love and Hate
Love With All My Heart
Love You Forever
Luck
Mark
Metal
Miss You
Money
Moon
My True Love
Never Give Up Japanese
Nick
One Life One Chance
One True Love
Peace
People
Pisces
Relax
Religious
Rose
Sagittarius
Scorpio Zodiac Symbol
Sexy
Sisterly Love
Spirit
Spirit of the Tiger
Spiritual Soul Mates
Steve
Tao Te Ching
Taurus
The Red String
Thunder
Tiger
Virgo
Warrior
Way of the Samurai
Wind
Winter
Wisdom
Wisdom from Hard Knocks
Wu Wei
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang
Yvonne
Zen Buddhism
Zhong Kui

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happy New Year新年快乐
新年快樂
n/axīn nián kuài lè
xin nian kuai le
hsin nien k`uai le
xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
xinniankuaile
hsinnienkuaile
hsin nien kuai le
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance年年有馀
年年有餘
n/anián nián yǒu yú
nian nian you yu
nien nien yu yü
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
niannianyouyu
Broken Mirror Rejoined破镜重圆
破鏡重圓
n/apò jìng chóng yuán
po jing chong yuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
pojingchongyuan
pochingchungyüan
po ching chung yüan
Rat / Mouse
nezumishǔ
shu
shu3
Monkey
n/ahóu
hou
hou2

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "chinese new year" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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