Monday, 11 February 2008

破五 – pò wǔ – Fifth day of the New Year

The fifth day of the New Year is the day when it is traditional for businesses and shops to reopen.

It is also traditional to eat dumplings on this day.

The first character is 破, pò which means to split or break, as in breaking with the old and starting with the new. It is pronounced po with a 4th or falling tone.

The second character is one we have seen before. It is 五, wǔ meaning the number five. We have seen it in 现代五项 – xiàn dài wǔ xiàng – Modern Pentathlon

wǔ is pronounced woo, with the 3rd or falling and rising tone.

Together these characters indicate the fifth day of the Chinese New Year.