What Chinese New Year in 2010?
The Chinese New Year 2010 Begins on February 14th.
2010 is the Chinese year of the Tiger. Specifically, this is the year of Gēng-yín 庚寅 (Metal Tiger). Here is a list of animals which answer the question: What Chinese New Year?
The fact that the date of Chinese New Year varies within about a month is a clue that it's linked to the new moon. A rough, guide is that the Chinese New Year falls on the second new moon after the shortest day. The winter solstice always falls on December 21st, the next new moon is January 15th, and the second new moon February 14th 2010.
The Chinese New Year Calendar - With Its Associated 12 Animals
The lunar Chinese New Year (CNY) calendar below shows which of 12 animals you are! Naturally the animal depends on the year in which you were born. Note: if you were born in January or February you need to check if your birthday was before or after the date of that Chinese New Year. (If it was before this day your animal is the one shown for the previous year).
60 Year Cycle of the Chinese New Year Calendar
Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years. Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter 'Celestial' cycle of 12 years denoted by animals. Furthermore, the Chinese believe that people born in a particular year take on the characteristics of the animal associated with that year.
Another dimension of the Chinese zodiac is the 5 'Terrestrial' elements of metal, water, wood, fire and earth.
If the year ends in 0 it is Yang Metal.
Start date for the Chinese New Year Calendar 2013 and following years
The lunar Chinese New Years dates are:
A man ties his New Year wish to a "wishing tree" at the White Cloud Temple, Beijing, on the day of Chinese New Year. See image to the right.
A child in traditional costume takes part in the Chinese New Year celebrations at the Dongyue temple, Beijing, China. The Lunar New Year is be marked with a week-long holiday.
Masks in Chinese culture are part and parcel of the world culture of masks....... 面具 Mianju. Masks first appeared in China during the Shang dynasty over 3,500 years ago. The colourful and exciting celebrations for the Chinese New Year last for many days, and end with the famous lantern festival.
Examples of Chinese Script
The development of Chinese characters can be dated back to about 4,500 years as discovered at Yanghe, Shandong Province in recent years. There are about a dozen pottery wine vessels unearthed, which have a character each. Those characters are quite close to the oracle inscriptions carved by the ancients of the Shang Dynasty [16th to 11th century B. C.].
Here is the Chinese name for Guy Thomas
Here below is the Chinese name for William Baker
English Words Borrowed from Chinese
Words taken completely or in part from another language are known as loanwords. In the English language, there are many loanwords that have been borrowed from Chinese languages and dialects. Here are ten common English words that are borrowed from Chinese.
World Expositions are galleries of human inspirations and thoughts. Since the Great Exhibition of 1851 was held at Crystal Palace, London, the World Expositions have attained increasing prominence as grand events for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges, serving as an important platform for displaying historical experience, exchanging innovative ideas, demonstrating esprit de corps and looking to the future.
The picture to the right is an Artist's impression of the China Pavilion
Expo2010 will take place in Shanghai, China. Will and Guy would like to share with readers what can be expected at this 2010 exposition.
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