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The meaning of “yuándàn” and its customs in China

Chinese New Year, the first day of a year in Chinese, learning Chinese

In Chinese, we put "元 (yuán)", meaning the beginning, and "旦 (dàn)", meaning day, together to resemble the first day of a year, "元旦 (yuán dàn)".

在中国话中,由「元」跟「旦」两个字组成元旦。指的是一年中的第一天。

元, here means begin/start/initate/ not the Chinese Yuan, as in RMB or currency.

"元"是开始,最初的意思,而不是中国货币RMB。

旦 means the sun rising from skyline which is the beginning of a day.

"旦"表示太阳刚出地平线的时候,即一天的开始。

元旦, is the beginning of a year, or the first day of a year, representing a new start.

"元旦"就是一年的开始、一年的第一天,代表着一个新的开始。

In the past, the Chinese considers "元旦" to be the first day of the lunar calendar, it's what we called "春节(chūn jié)" or "Spring Festival"

在以前,对中国人来说,"元旦"指的是农历的第一天,就是我们现在所说的"春节"。

Since the western calendar introduced to our country, the phrase "元旦" is especially used on New Year's Day.

自公历传入我国以后,"元旦"一词便专用于新年。

What about the costoms of 元旦 in China? Check out this video and you will find out!

那么中国元旦有什么习俗呢?看看下面的视频,自己发现吧!


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2016-06-21

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