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A Guide to the Chinese Lantern Festival Posted by on Feb 19, 2019

A Guide to the Chinese Lantern Festival

Today marks the fifteenth and final day of the Spring Festival. Known as the Lantern Festival (元宵节 – yuán xiāo jié), the Chinese name can be broken down as such – the character 元 refers to the first lunar month, and 宵 means “night.” A full moon shines brightly on this night, but that’s not the only light you’ll…

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The Year of the Pig Posted by on Feb 5, 2019

The Year of the Pig

Today is the most important holiday in China – the Spring Festival (春节 – chūn jié). Otherwise known as the Chinese New Year, it’s the start of a 15-day holiday full of interesting customs and traditions. According to the Chinese zodiac (生肖 – shēng xiào), we are now in the Year of the Pig (猪年 –…

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Chinese Folk Art: New Year Paintings Posted by on Feb 4, 2019

Chinese New Year will be celebrated this year on February 5th. Chinese New Year (春节, chūn jié, literally means “spring festival”) has a lot of customs: New Year dinner, firecrackers, spring festival couplets, dumplings, and red envelopes, just to name a few. Among them is also the custom of hanging New Year paintings 年画 (nián…

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Top Chinese Songs of 2018 (Part Two) Posted by on Jan 31, 2019

We’re continuing our countdown of the top Chinese songs of 2018 with five more tunes. Go back and check out Part One in case you missed it. Once again, I did my best to find the official music videos, lyrics in simplified Chinese, pinyin, and English, and a KTV-style video for you to sing along…

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Saying Goodbye in Chinese Posted by on Jan 21, 2019

Chinese New Year (春节, chūn jié, literally means “spring festival”) will be celebrated this February 5th. 春节 has many interesting traditions. One of them is the friendly custom of 拜年 (bài nián) – wishing family and friends happy new year. Nowadays, you can easily and quickly congratulate your relatives and acquaintances by mail, phone, or…

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