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  Weekly Feature (January 30, 2005)

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The Blind Rooster YearóLovers Beware!

L's Weekly Feature

Lesson on New Year Idioms, Grammar and Vocabulary

This year, based on lunar calculations, Chinese New Year will be officially celebrated on Wednesday, February 9.  However, fortune tellers use the Xia calendar which is based on the sun. This calendar starts the new year on Friday, February 4. Technically, the Rooster Year will start 5 days before Chinese New Year!  When this happens, the Chinese call it a blind year. 

For superstitious lovers, this might not be a good year to tie the knot. Some Chinese couples have already decided to move up or postpone their marriages to avoid the Blind Rooster Year. 

Those who decide to tempt the fates face a double omen. There is an ancient belief that blind years are bad for marriage. This is compounded by another belief that the years of the Rat, Rabbit, Rooster, and Horse are the four years of romantic misadventures. So, this coming new year will pose a double whammy for superstitious love birds.

For the rest of us, Chinese New Year means 15 days of feasting and visiting friends and relatives. To all our students who celebrate this day, the staff at PALC wish you all Xin Nien Kwai Lehr (Mandarin), and Kung Hei Fatt Choy (Cantonese). May you have a happy and prosperous new year!






By the way, if you donít want to reveal your age, donít tell anyone your Chinese animal sign. The Chinese calendar has 12 animals that are recycled every 12 years. For example, someone born in the year of the Rooster can be 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 84, 96, or 108. On the other hand, you might get a very good compliment if are mistaken for 36 when you are really 48 or 60!

To know more about Chinese New Year and all its customs and traditions, check out the sites below:


Chinese New Year Information at University of Victoria

Chinese New Year Information from Scotland

Chinese New Year Information for Children

Activities for Children on Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year at Web Holidays

Chinese New Year Resources (with music)


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