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Chinese New Year in Chinese...

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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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年年有餘 is a common proverb or wish of prosperity you'll 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 especially 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.

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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.


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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Mandarin chūn / chun1
Taiwan ch`un / chun
Japanese haru はる
Chinese spring (time); gay; joyful; youthful; love; lust; life; surname Chun
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (1) spring; springtime; (2) New Year; (3) prime (of one's life, etc.); (4) adolescence; puberty; (5) sexuality; (personal name) Haruji; (surname) Harusaki; (female given name) Haru; (female given name) Hajime; (given name) Nagoshi; (female given name) Toki; (personal name) Chiyun; (given name) Shunmin; (female given name) Shun; (female given name) Kazu; (female given name) Azuma
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Japanese wakamizu わかみず
Japanese first water drawn from a well on New Year's Day; (place-name, surname) Wakamizu; (female given name) Wakami; (given name) Jakusui
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Be Like Water


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Japanese kotohajime ことはじめ
Japanese (1) taking up a new line of work; the beginning of things; (2) starting the preparations for New Year's festivities (December 8 in Tokyo, December 13 in Kyoto); (3) resuming work after the New Year's vacation
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Mandarin wǔ fú lín mén / wu3 fu2 lin2 men2
Taiwan wu fu lin men
Chinese lit. (may the) five blessings descend upon this home (namely: longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and a natural death); (an auspicious saying for the Lunar New Year)
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Blessings on this Home



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Mandarin nián nián yǒu yú / nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
Taiwan nien nien yu yü
Chinese lit. (may you) have abundance year after year; (an auspicious saying for the Lunar New Year)
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Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance



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Mandarin xīn nián kuài lè / xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
Taiwan hsin nien k`uai le / hsin nien kuai le
Chinese Happy New Year!
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Mandarin zi // zǐ / zi5 // zi3
Taiwan tzu
Japanese mi
 kou / ko こう
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]; ancient Chinese compass point: 0° (north)
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. a man who spends all his time doing...); (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); (personal name) Nene; (place-name) Ne; (given name) Shigeru; (female given name) Konoe; (surname) Ko
kumāra; son; seed; sir; 11-1 midnight; child

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Mandarin chū / chu1
Taiwan ch`u / chu
Japanese hatsu はつ
 zome ぞめ
 ubu うぶ
 ui うい
Chinese at first; (at the) beginning; first; junior; basic
Japanese (adj-no,n-pref,n) first; new; (suffix) first doing of ... (ever, in one's life, in the new year, etc.); (adj-na,n,adj-no) (1) (kana only) innocent; naive; unsophisticated; inexperienced; green; wet behind the ears; (prefix noun) (2) birth-; (adj-no,n-pref,n) first; new; (female given name) Hatsumi; (surname) Hatsuzaki; (female given name) Hatsu; (place-name) Ha; (given name) Hajime; (surname) Shiyo; (female given name) Ubu; (female given name) Ui
To cut cloth for clothes; beginning, first.

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Mandarin shuò / shuo4
Taiwan shuo
Japanese tsukitachi つきたち
 tsuitachi ついたち
 saku さく
Chinese beginning; first day of lunar month; north
Japanese (1) (archaism) first day of the month; (2) first ten days of the lunar month; (1) first day of the month; (2) (archaism) first ten days of the lunar month; (1) (astron) new moon; (2) first day of the lunar month; (3) (in ancient China) next year's calendar and decrees (distributed by the Emperor at year's end); (given name) Hajime; (surname, female given name) Saku; (female given name) Koyomi; (given name) Kensaku

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Japanese osechi おせち
Japanese (abbreviation) food served during the New Year's Holidays

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Japanese shizome しぞめ
Japanese (1) outset; beginning; starting (things); (2) resuming work after the New Year's vacation

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Japanese oodoshi おおどし
 ootoshi おおとし
Japanese (1) (archaism) New Year's Eve; December 31st; (2) (archaism) Jupiter (planet); (surname) Dainen; (surname) Oodoshi; (place-name, surname) Ootoshi

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Japanese taisai たいさい
 oodoshi おおどし
 ootoshi おおとし
Japanese (1) Taisai; one of the eight gods of the koyomi; (2) (archaism) Jupiter (planet); (1) (archaism) New Year's Eve; December 31st; (2) (archaism) Jupiter (planet); (surname) Daisai; (surname) Oodoshi; (surname) Ootose; (place-name, surname) Ootoshi; (surname) Oosai

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Japanese daibuku だいぶく
 taifuku たいふく
 oobuku おおぶく
Japanese (1) swallowing a great amount of tea or medicine; (2) (abbreviation) tea prepared for the New Year with the first water of the year; (surname) Oohata

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Japanese ootsugomori おおつごもり
Japanese the last day of the year; New Year's Eve

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Mandarin dà fú / da4 fu2
Taiwan ta fu
Japanese daibuku だいぶく
 daifuku だいふく
 taifuku たいふく
 oobuku おおぶく
Japanese (1) great fortune; good luck; (2) (abbreviation) rice cake stuffed with bean jam; (1) swallowing a great amount of tea or medicine; (2) (abbreviation) tea prepared for the New Year with the first water of the year; (place-name, surname) Daifuku; (place-name, surname) Oofuku
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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Japanese neimi / nemi ねいみ
Japanese (obscure) collecting herbs and pulling out young pine trees by the roots (annual event held on the first Day of the Rat of the New Year)

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Mandarin shǒu suì / shou3 sui4
Taiwan shou sui
Chinese to see in the New Year

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Japanese jinjitsu じんじつ
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (1) all day long; (temporal noun) (2) last day of the month; last day of the year; New Year's Eve

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Japanese toso とそ
Japanese spiced sake (served at New Year's)

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Mandarin nián xià / nian2 xia4
Taiwan nien hsia
Japanese toshishita としした
Chinese lunar new year
Japanese (noun - becomes adjective with の) younger; junior

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Mandarin nián jià / nian2 jia4
Taiwan nien chia
Chinese annual leave; New Year holidays

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Mandarin nián yè / nian2 ye4
Taiwan nien yeh
Chinese lunar New Year's Eve

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Japanese nenshi ねんし
Japanese (temporal noun) New Year's call; beginning of the year; New Year's greetings

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Mandarin nián chū / nian2 chu1
Taiwan nien ch`u / nien chu
Japanese nensho ねんしょ
Chinese beginning of the year
Japanese (n-adv,n) beginning of the year; New Year's greetings

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Japanese nenrei / nenre ねんれい
Japanese New Year's greetings

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Japanese toshigami としがみ
Japanese (1) kami celebrated at the beginning of New Year (usu. to pray for a good harvest); (2) goddess of (lucky) directions; (surname) Toshigami

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Mandarin nián jié / nian2 jie2
Taiwan nien chieh
Chinese the New Year festival

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Mandarin nián gāo / nian2 gao1
Taiwan nien kao
Chinese nian gao, New Year cake, typically a sweet, steamed cake made with glutinous rice flour

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Japanese toshidama としだま
Japanese New Year's gift

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Happy New Year 新年快樂
xīn nián kuài lè
xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
xin nian kuai le
hsin nien k`uai le
hsin nien kuai le
Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance 年年有餘
nián nián yǒu yú
nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
nian nian you yu
nien nien yu yü
Broken Mirror Rejoined 破鏡重圓
pò jìng chóng yuán
po4 jing4 chong2 yuan2
po jing chong yuan
p`o ching ch`ung yüan
po ching chung yüan
nezumishǔ / shu3 / shu
Monkey hóu / hou2 / hou
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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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.

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