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This is just about the closest proverb to match the western idea of "Eat, drink, and be merry."
This Chinese proverb more literally means, "Eat, drink, play, be merry, enjoy everything as long as you can."
It's basically a suggestion that you try to enjoy everything in life, as long as you live, or as long as you are able.
Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your eat drink and be merry search...
If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese
|Simple Dictionary Definition|
| chī hē wán lè / chi1 he1 wan2 le4
ch`ih ho wan le / chih ho wan le
| to eat, drink and be merry (idiom); to abandon oneself to a life of pleasure
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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|Eat Drink and Be Merry||喫喝玩樂及時行樂|
|chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4 ji2 shi2 xing2 le4
chi he wan le ji shi xing le
|ch`ih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
chih ho wan le chi shih hsing le
|Eat Drink and Be Merry||吃喝玩樂|
|chī hē wán lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4
chi he wan le
|ch`ih ho wan le
chih ho wan le
|Eat Drink and Be Merry, For Tomorrow We Die||食べ飲み楽しめ明日は皆死ぬ||tabe nomi tanoshime ashita wa mina shinu|
|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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