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Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
Eat Drink and Be Merry Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

Eat Drink and Be Merry

China chī hē wán lè
Eat Drink and Be Merry Vertical Wall Scroll

吃喝玩樂 is the short version of, "Eat, drink, and be merry."

This Chinese proverb suggests to abandon oneself to a life of pleasure.

Eat Drink and Be Merry, For Tomorrow We Die

Japan tabe nomi tanoshime ashita wa mina shinu
Eat Drink and Be Merry, For Tomorrow We Die Vertical Wall Scroll

This means, "eat drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die," in Japanese.


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吃喝玩樂


吃喝玩乐

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Mandarin chī hē wán lè / chi1 he1 wan2 le4
Taiwan ch`ih ho wan le / chih ho wan le
Chinese 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 CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Eat Drink and Be Merry喫喝玩樂及時行樂
吃喝玩乐及时行乐
chī hē wán lè jí shí xíng lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4 ji2 shi2 xing2 le4
chi he wan le ji shi xing le
chihewanlejishixingle
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
吃喝玩乐
chī hē wán lè
chi1 he1 wan2 le4
chi he wan le
chihewanle
ch`ih ho wan le
chihhowanle
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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