Friday, 8 February 2008

拜年 – bài nián – New Year visits

Now the New Year has started it is time to visit relatives and friends. These visits are a large part of the traditional celebrations. For many people in China, migrant workers, working away from their home, it is the only time when they manage to visit.

The first character today is 拜, bài means to worship or to pay respects.

The second character is 年, nián meaning year. We have seen this character before in
新年快樂 – xīn nián kuài lè – Happy New Year!

拜, bài is pronounced “by”, with a 4th or falling tone.

年, nián is pronounced nee-yen, with a 2nd or rising tone.