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Happy Chinese New Year!

     

Woz

11:37 pm on Jan 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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or Gong Xi Fa Cai, or Kung Hey Fat Choi!

They all mean the same thing, Happy New Chinese Year and Good Fortune for the coming year.

Chinese New year is one of the oldest and certainly most important, festivals celebrated in China. Also known as Spring Festival, it celebrates the earth waking up after Winter, traditional a time to start plowing and sowing seed for the next harvest.

It is also a time of Spring Cleaning, Forgiveness, Debt resolution, Family and Fun.

Depending on translations, it is the Year of the Water Sheep, Black Sheep, Ram, or Goat. Pretty much one and the same really as Goat and Sheep translate the same in Chinese.

It is one tradition, amongst many, to wear Brand New Undies on Chinese New Year Day, preferrably Red. I've got mine, I hope you have yours. ;)

Onya
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Red undies! Nobody told me I need red undies! Is it equivalent to January 31st, or is it actually Feb 1, because you were kind enough to give us prior notice (in which case I have time to go shopping)?

Happy New Year to everyone celebrating, either way... :)

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Jan 31St is New Years Eve, Feb 1 is Chinese New Years Day, this year. It changes year by year as it goes by the Luna calendar rather than a Solar one.

>Nobody told me I need red undies!

I just did, better go shopping real fast.

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Gong Xi Fa Cai to all my Chinese friends but as I don't wear any undies please forgive the lack of red!
12:00 am on Feb 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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as I don't wear any undies

Oh c'mon... you can make an exception for a major holiday!

I'm not in that big a rush to go shopping though, Woz... still have 9 hours 'till New Years Day. I can pick up a pair on the way home. As for the plowing and sowing though, I still have a few months before the ground thaws enough to think about it. ;) The undies will have to do.

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As it is 1am here and I we don't have a holiday here to recover tommorrow I can only offer to wear my red shirt.

( One of the problems of working in a Global Web Business.If I celebrated all our teams major holidays I would be very drunk!)

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Gong Xi Fa Cai! A member of the local Chinese Heritage Society has invited us to join them for this year's celebration at one of resorts. Looking forward to the lion dance, firecrackers (legal here) and the 7 course Chinese dinner Saturday evening :)