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The Spring Festival (Video) Posted by on Feb 9, 2013 in Culture, festivals, food, history, Vocabulary

The Spring Festival, also known as Chinese New Year, is China’s longest and most important holiday. This festival has a history going back thousands of years, and there are tons of interesting customs and traditions associated with it. Learn more about the Spring Festival while learning a lot of useful Chinese vocabulary with this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jyfCh5g6w4

春节 – chūn jié

Spring Festival

 

黄金周 – huáng jīn zhōu

Golden Week

 

商代 – shāng dài

Shang Dynasty (1600-1100 BC)

 

年 – nián

Nian

 

鞭炮 – biān pào

firecrackers

 

红色 – hóng sè

red

 

过年 – guò nián

pass the year

 

春运 – chūn yùn

Spring Festival rush

 

福 – fú

good fortune

 

福倒了 – fú dào le

“fu” is upside-down

 

福到了 – fú dào le

good fortune has arrived

 

除夕 – chú xī (FIRST TONE!!)

New Year’s Eve

 

年夜饭 – nián yè fàn

New Year’s family dinner

 

饺子 – jiǎo zi

dumplings

 

年糕 – nián gāo

New Year cake

 

年年有余 – nián nián yǒu yú

Have leftover/extra every year.

 

年年有鱼 – nián nián yǒu yú

There is fish every year.

 

春节联欢晚会 – chūn jié lián huān wǎn huì

Spring Festival New Year Gala

 

相声 – xiàng sheng

cross-talk

 

红包 – hóng bāo

red envelope

 

生肖 – shēng xiào

Chinese zodiac

 

蛇年 – shé nián

Year of the Snake

 

恭喜发财 – gōng xǐ fā cái

congratulations and be prosperous

 

新年快乐 – xīn nián kuài lè

Happy New Year

 

春节快乐 – chūn jié kuài lè

Happy Spring Festival

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About the Author:sasha

Sasha is an English teacher, writer, photographer, and videographer from the great state of Michigan. Upon graduating from Michigan State University, he moved to China and spent 5+ years living, working, studying, and traveling there. He also studied Indonesian Language & Culture in Bali for a year. He and his wife run the travel blog Grateful Gypsies, and they're currently trying the digital nomad lifestyle across Latin America.


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