Wednesday, 6 February 2008

除夕 – chú xī – New Year’s Eve

Today’s first character is 除, chú meaning to change or to remove, it is pronounced chew with a 2nd or rising tone.

The second character is 夕, xī which means “eve”. It is pronounced she with a 1st or high, level tone.

Together the characters imply the evening or night when the year changes. New Year's Eve is traditionally celebrated with a dinner that includes chicken and fish.