Happy, joyous, auspicious, glorious, fecund… lunar Year of the Rabbit

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Received these greetings from one of my dear PRC M.A. students this morning:

yuàn xīnnián, shèng jiùnián, huānyú qiě shèngyì, wànshì jǐn kěqī

yuàn píng'ān xǐlè, zhūshì shùnsuì. xīnnián kuàilè, tùnián jíxiáng, héjiā huānlè, píng'ān xìngfú. zhù Méi jiàoshòu xīnnián kuàilè 🎊


Google Translate does a pretty good job of it with this:

May the new year be better than the old year, happy and successful, and everything can be expected

May you be safe and happy, and everything goes well. Happy New Year, auspicious Year of the Rabbit, happy family, peace and happiness. Happy New Year to Professor Mei 🎊

I feel blessed.


Selected readings


  1. Peter B. Golden said,

    January 21, 2023 @ 2:28 pm

    Gong xi fa ze (Shanghainese). A healthy and happy New Year of the Rabbit to you Victor and to all

  2. maidhc said,

    January 22, 2023 @ 5:54 am

    My local newspaper says that while it may be the Year of the Rabbit for the Chinese, for the Vietnamese it is the Year of the Cat.

    I'm sure our cats would agree, although for them every year is the Year of the Cat. Spoiled rotten.

    At any rate, here's wishing everyone a happy new year.

  3. Taylor, Philip said,

    January 22, 2023 @ 6:46 am

    Chúc mừng năm mới / Xīn nián kuài lè / Gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4 / Gōng xǐ fā cái / 新年快乐 / 恭喜發財 !

    And my thanks to "maidhc" for pointing out that this is the Year of the Cat in Vietnam — a fact of which I was completely ignorant. This will be the first year that we have not celebrated the Lunar New Year at the Westberry since my wife took it over and for those six years the Chinese and Vietnamese year animals have been the same. Had she been here to organise the event (she is currently in Vietnam for Tết), I wonder whether she would have chosen the rabbit or the cat for our signage …

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