CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS | 节庆

CELEBRATIONS AND FESTIVALS | 节庆

Everyone loves having a reason to get together and celebrate. In China, this usually means great food, the company of close family and friends, and quite possibly a glass of Chinese spirit.

Some Western holidays like Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween are celebrated more and more in China, although they don’t bear quite the same cultural and religious significance as they do in the West.

There is also a wealth of Chinese customs and traditions associated with the various holidays and festivals throughout the year.

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THE BASICS | 基础句型和词汇

In China, annual birthday parties are normally for children, while adults usually only celebrate the “big” ones like 40, 50, and so on.

YOU MIGHT SAY/HEAR…

Congratulations!

恭喜!

gōng xǐ

Well done!

做得好!

zuò de hǎo

Cheers!

干杯!

gān bēi

Happy birthday!

生日快乐!

shēng rì kuài lè

Happy anniversary!

纪念日快乐!

jì niàn rì kuài lè

Best wishes.

最美好的祝福。

zuì měi hǎo de zhù fú

Thank you.

谢谢。xiè xie

You’re very kind.

你真好!

nǐ zhēn hǎo

Cheers to you, too!

也为你干杯!

yě wèi nǐ gān bēi

Wishing you a prosperous New Year!

恭喜发财!

gōng xǐ fā cái

VOCABULARY

celebration

庆典

qìng diǎn

birthday

生日

shēng rì

anniversary

周年纪念

zhōu nián jì niàn

wedding anniversary

结婚周年纪念日

jié hūn zhōu nián jì niàn rì

public holiday

公休假期

gōng xiū jià qī

religious festival

宗教节日

zōng jiào jié rì

special occasion

特别的日子

tè bié de rì zi

good news

好消息

hǎo xiāo xi

bad news

坏消息

huài xiāo xi

to celebrate

庆祝

qìng zhù

to throw a party

办聚会

bàn jù huì

to toast

为…举杯祝酒

wèi … jǔ bēi zhù jiǔ

YOU SHOULD KNOW…

A child’s first birthday is very important and involves an interesting ritual –抓周 zhuā zhōu (literally “grabbing the year”).

This involves laying different items in front of the child for them to grab.

What the child decides to go for bears symbolic meaning as to what kind of career that child is going to embrace in the future.

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