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New year greetings

Some people think it’s too “Chinese Chauvinist” to greet others ” Happy Chinese New Year” because other places like Korea and Vietnam also celebrate this “Lunar New Year”. Thus we should use ” Happy Lunar New Year”.

This assertion is fundamentally wrong.

The Chinese calendar is NOT a purely Lunar Calendar but an “Agricultural Calendar” (we call 農曆 in Chinese) which is a hybrid combination of both Lunar and Solar calendar.

The Ancient Chinese has realized seasonal change depends on the calculation of the Sun’s relative position or the Solar calculation and there will always be a difference in the number of days between lunar and solar year.

Due to the need of setting agricultural dates, the Chinese incorporated the Solar calculation into their lunar based calculations. For every 2 or 3 years, they will add a month to the lunar based calendar to make up for the difference in the number of days as compared to solar year.

Furthermore, they incorporated the 24 Solar terms into their Agricultural Calendar.

Thus it is technically wrong to regard the Chinese New Year as Lunar New Year because it is a hybrid combination of both Lunar and Solar calculations.

Vietnam and Korea were heavily influenced by Chinese culture and has adopted their Agricultural Calendar.

 

Goh Meng Seng

 

 

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22 Responses to “New year greetings”

  • Max:

    Totally agree with you Mr Goh Meng Seng. My opinion is that ‘someone’ use the greeting and Replace Chinese with Lunar to sound its neutrality and non racist. The more appropriate and non racist term to use is actually ” 新年快乐” or Happy New Year . No need to mention any Lunar or Chinese at all, because nowadays people r not dumb and can check from the internet.

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  • ntu angmo influenced:

    why did pap ntu use Lunar New Year instead of Chinese New Year? bcos in angmo news and angmo newspapers, these angmos use Lunar New Year instead of Chinese New Year. it is a case of Free Riders aping without understanding. probably an alien fake talent on pap scholarship is involved.

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  • Onesecondtomidnight !:

    Indonesia, population 270 millions
    Malaysia,population 32 millions

    All of them say: Tahun baru Cina.

    Many heads of state @ the globe, they usher the occasion by saying “ Happy Chinese New Year!

    Virus infected minds might say otherwise!

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  • Sporeans Keep Govt Employed:

    Chinese New Year has been around for centuries. So it’s only a problem to say Chinese New Year now is it?

    And everyone knows non Chinese don’t celebrate CNY, unless they married Chinese people. So?

    Next you will probably not able to list race on your IC. Later someone get offended?

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    ntu angmo influenced:
    why did pap ntu use Lunar New Year instead of Chinese New Year? bcos in angmo news and angmo newspapers, these angmos use Lunar New Year instead of Chinese New Year. it is a case of Free Riders aping without understanding. probably an alien fake talent on pap scholarship is involved.

    Old people like you had been colonized until cannot differentiate what is Angmo.

    Singapore previous colonial ma$ter is Anglo Saxon race.

    What is Anglo Saxon ? Go learn the history here.
    https://www.bl.uk/anglo-saxons/articles/who-were-the-anglo-saxons

    Anyway, the world’s most widely spoken language, Anglo Saxon (English) used the word Chinese to refer to China.

    Since we are using Anglo Saxo language English, it is better to differentiate ourselves from central plains Chinese and follow their template.

    Just like Americunt used CCP to mean Chinese CONmuist Party but some idiots insist that it is CPC.
    Better go learn history here.
    http://www.chinatoday.com/org/cpc/

    Also, we all knew that the evil and corrupted CCP (Chinese CONmuist Party) propaganda news like to force words into people’s mouth like “the world’s Chinese will not allow ROC to go independence)

    Fark it, ROC had been independence as the Chinese CONmuist Party had never rule ROC.

    So, to avoid being make used of by Americunt and Chinese, we must be careful to make sure we use the right words.

    Chinese Chauvinist Pig, another kind of CCP such as GMS, TKL, I am Xi are very excited each time CCP leader XJP farted.

    Yes, we had many Chinese Chauvinist Pig and the same equal amount of ACP (Angmo Chauvinist Pig aka yellow banana man like SmartNation, Observer etc)

    Both are CONS and HYPOCRITE and both are extremely bad for Singapore progress.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Mr GMS, Please dont shit stir.

    Just enjoy your lunar new year and just eat your abalone, bak kwa or whatever.

    All along also buay zhun one lah.
    In the end it was during Kang Xi time , an ang mo help them to make it right. Kang Xi 還是比較有科學精神.

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  • DaddyCCP:

    So, GMS what you want?
    Is Chinese New Year also known as 中国新年?

    Your explanation is making a complicated calendar system by Chinese even more confusing by providing wrong information.

    The so call “Chinese new year” IS following on lunar calender! Silly!
    The “agriculture” calender you mentioned have those “立春,立夏,小雪” etc placed on the lunar calender.

    Tradotionally, the chinese farmers’ new year is ‘立春’. And it’s mostly not the same as first-day first month of lunar calender which Chinese call it the first day of New Year.

    GMS, at least do proper research before you put up your crap.

    In any case, lunar calender did not originate from China.
    The only REAL chinese calender was the 農曆 you mentioned. China history was an agriculture intensive history. Even timing of war depended heavily on timing of growing and harvesting. Once the momentum of food harvesting was disturbed, it usually followed by starvations and plagues.

    Chinese new year is neither hybrid based on whatever solar or luna you said it was.

    By the way, why you used traditional Chinese? You should use my CCP simplified chinese.

    Tech: From my decade of being in China, the Chinese officially refer to this new year as “农历新年”. The other new year is not normally celebrated, except in larger cities. “立春” falls on 4th Feb this year, that is not celebrated, it is just the change/start of a new season, it is not celebrated as a festival.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    Max:
    Totally agree with you Mr Goh Meng Seng. My opinion is that ‘someone’ use the greeting and Replace Chinese with Lunar to sound its neutrality and non racist. The more appropriate and non racist term to use is actually ” 新年快乐” or Happy New Year . No need to mention any Lunar or Chinese at all, because nowadays people r not dumb and can check from the internet.

    Great…this is best..

    No mentioned of any Lunar or Chinese at all…just like Selamat Hari Raya

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  • KT2:

    For many many years, d Chinese have been greeting each other in Mandarin or Chinese dialects as “Happy New Year” (as in Chinese characters “xinian kuaile”) and not Happy Chinese New Year.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Another Chinese New Year come already ?I askwhy Greedy Money Monster Liau Lai Eng ,NEA of pollution Control Depaetment ,haven’t been charged to be send to jail for her neglience of duty for failing to stop the massive volcanic pollution of intentional burning in both the think is NorthStar 9 and subsequent exercises previously ? Pui !

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  • DaddyCCP:

    The more urbanized places of China do not celebrate “立春” as festival.

    However, the more remote rural places continues to celebrate “立春” as important day, especially if the community involves in agriculture activities.

    The “农历” of chinese however got nothing really related to as agriculture calendar. And practically it is a lunar calendar the chinese was following, same as those celebrating lunar new year.

    And lunar calendar originate from the middle-east.

    What I no eye see is the GMS half+6 facts and bull on this chinese new year topic. And even more no eye see on a couple of flies sticking to the butt of GMS on those distorted stories without doing own research or findings.

    Tech: From my decade of being in China, the Chinese officially refer to this new year as “农历新年”. The other new year is not normally celebrated, except in larger cities. “立春” falls on 4th Feb this year, that is not celebrated, it is just the change/start of a new season, it is not celebrated as a festival.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    KT2:
    For many many years, d Chinese have been greeting each other in Mandarin or Chinese dialects as “Happy New Year” (as in Chinese characters “xinian kuaile”) and not Happy Chinese New Year.

    Yes, yes, yes..
    Let’s campaign for this.

    Happy New Year!!!.. just like our bro Selamat Hari Raya.

    Tech, will you take the lead ?

    https://www.tremeritus.net/2023/01/21/happy-and-prosperous-lunar-new-year-3/

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  • 出入平安:

    Simple explanation. Singapore is multiracial. So happy CHINESE new year is to differentiate from angmo new year, malay new year, indian new year.

    Then, when pappy open legs, there are many Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese people around. It become weird to wish them happy CHINESE new year. Frankly, we also not 100% sure whether a stranger is Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese or some other close race. So we come up with a common term, happy LUNAR new year.

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  • XiBaBa:

    Stop bs lah.
    We did not say 华人新年快乐, or 中国新年快乐. We simply say 新年快乐.

    And the chinese in recent centuries have been following the lunar calendar to spend their new year holiday, same as those in the regions like korean, viet, etc.

    Even this new year thing can be politicized. Chinese really 闲着没事干?

    So fond of putting chinese in everything?
    Next time change the name for these:
    Chinese Cai Tao Lueh
    Chinese Char Kueh Teow
    Chinese Chicken Rice
    Chinese Ba Chor Mee
    Chinese Ba Zhang
    Chinese Roast Pig
    Chinese Char Siew
    Chinese Fried Chicken Wings

    Happy? Now feel proud? Everything just put a Chinese word infront, 精神胜利法!

    出入平安:
    Simple explanation. Singapore is multiracial. So happy CHINESE new year is to differentiate from angmo new year, malay new year, indian new year.

    Then, when pappy open legs, there are many Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese people around. It become weird to wish them happy CHINESE new year. Frankly, we also not 100% sure whether a stranger is Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Vietnamese or some other close race. So we come up with a common term, happy LUNAR new year.

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  • Pappies must follow:

    “I wish all Singaporeans good health, and a very happy Chinese New Year.”

    Pappies must know who said this, a few days ago.

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  • I_am_Xi:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Yes, yes, yes..
    Let’s campaign for this.

    Happy New Year!!!.. just like our bro Selamat Hari Raya.

    Tech, will you take the lead ?

    https://www.tremeritus.net/2023/01/21/happy-and-prosperous-lunar-new-year-3/

    You are so stupid. Your sunway education has made you stupidestest. Your paymaster said this, I wish all Singaporeans good health, and a very happy Chinese New Year.

    You are a liar. Your pasmaster did not say happy New Year. Your paymaster said happy Chinese New Year. You are lying if you say it without the word Chinese because your paymaster has the word Chinese.

    Stop lying you stupidestest sunway educated moron.

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  • Relax:

    Singapore has changed the time zones six times, just wondering are we still in line with the original calendar?

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  • T-C:

    No, Singapore follows Jupiterian calendar.

    Relax:
    Singapore has changed the time zones six times, just wondering are we still in line with the original calendar?

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  • knn:

    I_am_Xi: You are so stupid. Your sunway education has made you stupidestest.Your paymaster said this, I wish all Singaporeans good health, and a very happy Chinese New Year.

    You are a liar. Your pasmaster did not say happy New Year. Your paymaster said happy Chinese New Year. You are lying if you say it without the word Chinese because your paymaster has the word Chinese.

    Stop lying you stupidestest sunway educated moron.

    Double confirmed. This ‘Singaporeans R Free Riders’ is a racist idiot.

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  • Singaporeans R Free Riders:

    I_am_Xi: You are so stupid. Your sunway education has made you stupidestest. Your paymaster said this, I wish all Singaporeans good health, and a very happy Chinese New Year.

    You are a liar. Your pasmaster did not say happy New Year. Your paymaster said happy Chinese New Year. You are lying if you say it without the word Chinese because your paymaster has the word Chinese.

    Stop lying you stupidestest sunway educated moron.

    TRE 8000+ readers know you are the stupidest.

    You are the standard of Opposition. Oppose just for the sake of Opposing. No critical thinking.

    Singaporean with bad attitude like you/knn will never be able to hold a job.

    Let me educate you. Below is my reply to KT2 at January 24, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    Now my question to you:
    Did I in anywhere say let’s start from the head of state ?
    Just answer Yes or No is suffice.
    Do not run away like SmartNation, Observer, xoxo.

    This is what I said:
    1. Let’s campaign for it.
    2. Tech, will you take the lead ?

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: Yes, yes, yes..
    Let’s campaign for this.

    Happy New Year!!!.. just like our bro Selamat Hari Raya.

    Tech, will you take the lead ?
    https://www.tremeritus.net/2023/01/21/happy-and-prosperous-lunar-new-year-3/

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  • I_am_Xi:

    Singaporeans R Free Riders: TRE 8000+ readers know you are the stupidest.

    You are the standard of Opposition. Oppose just for the sake of Opposing. No critical thinking.

    Singaporean with bad attitude like you/knn will never be able to hold a job.

    Let me educate you. Below is my reply to KT2 at January 24, 2023 at 8:41 pm

    Now my question to you:
    Did I in anywhere say let’s start from the head of state ?
    Just answer Yes or No is suffice.
    Do not run away like SmartNation, Observer, xoxo.

    This is what I said:
    1. Let’s campaign for it.
    2. Tech, will you take the lead ?

    I just received from sunway U. They said they don’t have you as a student. So you are lying even about your education. Stop your lies, please. Like your employer pap ccs said, you are sia suay.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    TR Emeritus can help send this Tik Tok to the Ministers to watch -”https://vt.tiktok.com/ZS8AK6GYn/⁰”.Ask them why Chinese New Year and the country budget finance department did not allocate and inplement a $500 Ang Pow for every Singaporean citizen to spend ?All Singappreans irregardless of race be they be Indians,Malay,Chinese,Ang Mo,as long as holding Singaporean citizenship should be credited $500 as Ang Pow only on Chinese New Year for them to spend .And Malay New Year Hari Raya,Deepavali,…..no need to give any $500 as the Malay and Indian already collected their share in advance on Chinese New Year ! One year one time $500 Chinese New Year Ang Pow,yet the shameless Lee Hsien Loong government whole cabinet also has no MP or Minister to suggest such suggestion to Lee Hsien Loong or Lawrence Wong ? Is this too much to ask for,to give or to budget ? Our Lee Hsien Loong government only want more GST for themselves to increase their already big fat salary and bonuses which really is a shameless government lot that do not care for the people yet pretend to be a kind lot ?Pui !.

    Tech: No need to send cause I am very sure there are many bootlickers and maybe even a small department under some ministry that has people monitoring the various socio-media one, you think when Terry kenna, it was the PM who happened to read TOC?

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