Published at 2013-07-17 21:20:31 Updated at 2013-07-17 21:20:31
During Chinese new year, or Spring Festival, if you visit your Chinese firends, the following information are helpful.
The first thing before you are going to visit your Chinese friend who have children is 'Red Packet', a money wrapper in a red envelope used to give kids as a gift to wish the children be safe and healthy in the new year.Of course, if you have children too, they will return Red Bags with the same or more money.
And normally, do not visit your Chinese friends on the eve of Chinese new year, January 22 of this year, when is the time for the reunion of their whole family. We call it as tuan nian, and the banquet is called: nian ye fan.
Do you know why the passengers transport around the spring festival is a headache to both the government and passengers? Because all people hope to be home to take this meal with family!
At this special occasion, If you meet or visit your Chinese friends, the following are common greeting words:
|Chinese Greeting Words||Written in English||Meaning|
|gei nin bai nian||Wish Happy New Year to You|
|gong xi fa cai||May you Be Prosperous! May You Will Earn A Lot Of Money! May You Obtain A Fortunes!|
|wan shi ru yi||Everything is as one wishes! Have good luck in everything!|
|shen ti jian kang||May You Be Healthy|
|he jia huan le||Enjoy Happy Family!|
The Dragon is a symbol of 'power, happiness, goo luck, fortune', so the year of the Dragon is one of the most important years in Chinese tradition. Many new couples hope to have a baby, especially a son, in the year of the Dragon. A baby born in this year is called The Son of the Dragon or The daughter of the Dragon .
|Chinese Chracters||Written in English||Meaning|
|sheng long huo hu||doughty as a dragon and lively as a tiger.|
|cang long wo hu||crouching tiger and hidden dragon - talents in obscurity.|
|long ma jing shen||vigour of a dragon horse, a legendary steed - vigorous spirit (of people).|
|long pan feng yi||like a coiling dragon and a hidden phoenix - (of people) have unrecognized talents.|
|hu ju long pan||forbidding strategic point like a tiger crouching or a dragon curling.|
|long feng cheng xiang||union of a dragon and a phoenix foretells good fortune - symbol of harmony and good fortune.|
|long tan hu xue||dragon's lake and tiger's den - danger spot; place of danger.|
|long teng hu yue||(like) dragons rising and tigers leaping - scene of hustling and bustling activity; do or act with might and main.|
|long xiang hu bu||walk with one's head up like a dragon horse or a tiger - walk with majestic steps; walk at martial gait.|
|long yin hu xiao||dragons singing and tigers roaring - waves roaring and wind howling.|
|long yue feng ming||like dragons leaping and phoenix singing - be of exceptional talent; have brilliant intellect.|
|jiao long de shui||flood dragon goes into water - be in the most congenial surroundings; get a good opportunity to display one's talent.|
|long zheng hu dou||fighting between a dragon and a tiger - fierce struggle between well-matched opponents; combat/fight/competition between giants.|
|long xing hu bu||majestic bearing; imposing air.|
|long ju feng chu||dragon colt or young phoenix - brilliant young man; young, talented scholar.|
|bi zou long she||writing brush goes like dragon and snakes - (of Chinese calligraphy) vigorous and graceful.|
|long fei feng wu||like dragons flying and phoenixes dancing - (of Chinese calligraphy) lively and vigorous.|
|hua long dian jing||bring a picture of a dragon to life by putting in the pupils of its eyes - add the touch that brings a work of art to life; to add the finishing touch; to add an apt word to clinch the point.|
|long de chuan ren||descendants of the dragon - Chinese native.|
|wang zi cheng long||ambitious for one's children.|
|long sheng jiu zi||dragon has nine sons and each has its own distinctive temperament - siblings may diff in many ways.|
|long feng||dragon and phoenix - virtuous and talented person.|
|long mei feng mu||long-eyebrows and slit eyes.|
|long gong||palace of the Dragon King.|
|long juan feng||tornado.|
|long pao||imperial robe.|
|long wang||Dragon King (sea and rain god in Chinese mythology).|
|long yan||countenance of an emperor; imperial countenance; (2) emperor.|
|long zhou||dragon boat.|
|pan long fu feng||play up to people of a power and influence; to put oneself under the patronage of a bigwig.|
|pao long tao||play a walk-on part, or play a bit role.|
|tu long zhi ji||art of butchering dragons - an art of a high order but of little value.|
|ye gong hao long||Lord Ye's love of dragons - professed love of what one really fears.|
The Chinese character shown on the following image means Dragon. The characters shown in the upper two rows are 'dragon' in simplified Chinese, and those in the third row are in traditional Chinese which is mostly used in China Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc.