Chinese New Year 2008 - Year of the Rat

Chinese New Year 2008 - Year of the RatYear of the rat 208 Chinese New Year stamp

 In 2008 February 7th was the first day of the Chinese New Year.  The Chinese New Year falls on a different date each year.  However, this is understandable because their ancestors used the new moon to fix the date of each new year.

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The Chinese Calendar

2008 is the year of the rat.  This Chinese New Year is also known as 'Tze'. 

Unlike western calendars, the Chinese calendar has names that are repeated every 60 years.  In the Chinese 'Stem-Branch' calendar this is the 9th year of the 60 year cycle.  Within the 'Stem-Branch' system is shorter cycle of 12 years denoted by these animals:

  Rat   Ox   Tiger  Hare Dragon Snake Horse Sheep Monkey Rooster Dog  Pig
2008
2009 2010 2011 2012  2013   2014  2015   2016    2017   2018 2007

Chinese celebration for 2008.

Lunar New Year

Record Breaking Dragon

A Chinese town has made the world's longest dragon.
Shuangfeng town, Taicang city, China, made the 2,008 metre long dragon to mark the 2008 Beijing Olympics. It is a mile and a quarter long and will need 1,200 dancers to support it at the town's traditional dragon dance.

Dragon Record - 4200 meters long

Apparently more than 10 workers worked over the months to make the huge dragon. It needed 4,200 meters of fabric and more than 300 bamboo poles recorded a China news Agency.

2008 Chinese Year of the Rat - Hamster Prices Rise2008 Year of the Rat - Hampster prices rise

The price of hamsters risen threefold in China since the start of the Chinese New Year: the Year of the Rat.  The animals are considered lucky and more acceptable pets than rats. The Xinhua news agency identified hamsters as having a better image than rats or mice; also that they are more likely to be amiable and friendly.

The Chinese word for rat, 'laoshu', covers a variety of animals that can include kangaroo rats, hamsters and moles. Pet shops have been selling out even at comparatively high prices of 30 Yuan [more than £2; approx. $3.90USD] for each hamster. Meanwhile, Nanning Zoo in southern China has been importing rat-like creatures from around the world in a tribute to the new year. Will and Guy have learned that the zoo's collection now includes kangaroo rats, hamsters, moles, marmots, and flying squirrels

For The Chinese New Year - The Colour Red and Fireworks

At the Chinese New Year red is important. People wear red clothes, they write poems on red paper, and give children 'luck money' in red envelopes.  The symbolism behind the red colour is fire, and fire burns off bad luck.  As for fireworks one belief is that the cracker jacks and sparks frighten away evil spirits.

After the fireworks at the beginning of the celebration of the Chinese new year, comes the more tranquil Lantern Festival on the last day of the festivities.   Most Lantern parades feature a dragon made of silk and bamboo.  The dancers hold the monstrous dragon aloft on sticks.  Their coordination skills make the dragon appear to dance.

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Chinese New Year Jokes, Proverbs and Stories

Chinese Proverbs

  • Wife who put husband in doghouse soon find him in cathouse.
  • War doesn't determine who is right, war determines who is left.
  • A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song.
  • He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.
  • Chinese 'Cracked Pot' parable

How To Speak Chinese Funny

  • I thought you were on a diet................Wai Yu Mun Ching?
  • This is a tow-away zone......................No Pah King
  • Our meeting is scheduled for next week......Wai Yu Kum Nao?
  • Staying out of sight............................Lei Ying Lo
  • See more funny Chinese speak

20 Number 620 Embassy No 6

It was Chinese New Year.  Bill and Jackson had just staggered back home from a hard night's drinking when they noticed that a menu from the new restaurant next door had come through the letter box.  On a whim they decided to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a take-away.  Jackson, was just off out of the door to fetch their meal when Bill turned to him and said, 'Please get me 20 number 6 while you're at the take-away.

Jackson returned with their chicken Chou Mein, sweet and sour pork and 20 portions of egg fried rice.  Bill said, 'Where's me fags'. Jackson said, 'What cigarettes, you asked for 20 number 6 and that's what you've got, enough egg fried rice to feed a Chinese Junk from Shanghai to Hong Kong'.

Bill said, 'When I was last in England Embassy No 6 was a packet of fags.'

It's a Dog's Life

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Meanwhile, Bill and Jackson's wives decided to dine out a new Chinese Restaurant.  Jackson's wife Julie was inseparable from her Pekingese dog called 'Pepe'.  So they took Pepe along with them to the restaurant.   Whenever they went to their usual restaurant the manager's wife looked after Pepe while they ate, and they thought it would be no different this new restaurant.

Julie and her friend Rachel, gave Pepe to the owner and went to their seats.  They ordered their meal, had a few drinks and eventually their meal arrived.  They were mortified when it turned out to be their beloved Pepe surrounded by Chop Suey.

As the owner explained the next day to Bill and Jackson, they thought that Julie and Rachel wanted the chef to cook the dog, not look after it while the women dined.

One-liners

  • How did an embarrassed panda get mistaken for a newspaper?  They are both black and white, and red all over!
  • What's purple, 10,000 km long and 12m high?
    The grape wall of China.

Traditional Chinese Sense of Humour

Prime Minister Chang was happy enough to write, but he didn't put in a lot of care into his brush strokes. Everybody sneered at his bad handwriting, and the Prime Minister himself really didn't care.

One day Chang thought of a beautiful sentence and at once wielded his writing brush to write it down, indeed, there were dragons flying and snakes dancing all over the paper. Then he ordered his secretary to write it out neatly.

When beginning to copy, his secretary stared tongue-tied and did not know where to start. The young man had to take the manuscript back to the Prime Minister.

'Prime Minister Chang, I can't read your handwriting, please tell me what words they are.'

The Prime Minister read his cursive hand a long time, and did not know what Chinese characters they were, either. He then turned to blame his secretary. 'Why didn't you come earlier to ask me? I myself have forgotten the words which I've written.'

Chinese Phrases

搞笑清洁笑话 in China roughly translates into clean funny jokes.

干净免费笑话,故事图片、视频剪辑 means clean free jokes, stories pictures and video-clips

Chinese Characters

Chinese Year of the Rat

A simple example of Chinese characters showing how the sun symbol can be modified with a line to mean dawn.

 

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