Hong Kong based agency and holiday season.
Thread poster: idemasi
idemasi  Identity Verified
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Dec 21, 2005

Dear all,
one of my clients is an Hong Kong agency, to which I would like to wish at least "a happy new year". I am not familiar with Chinese (Hong Kong, in the specific) culture, I know that the Chinese calendar is different and the new year is in January (please, forgive my ignorance on this matter)and I do not know whether I should send them a message for the new year or I should wait till the Chinese New Year's Day. Could you give me some advice, and help me understand a bit of your festivity? I hope I have not offended anybody with my ignorance. Thank you


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Mark Xiang
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Just for your information Dec 21, 2005

Nowadays, Christmas, New Year's Day and Chinese New Year (Jan. 29, 2006) are all celebrated in Chinese communities.

Mark


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Han Li  Identity Verified
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You may send two messages Dec 21, 2005

Hello idemasi,
On January 1 and January 29 (Chinese lunar calendar new year),respectively.
January 1 celebrated as a holiday in China, too. January 29 is more important than January 1 in China. But every lunar calendar new year day is different, such as lunar calendar new year day in 2007 is February 17, in 2008 is February 6.

Best regards,
Han Li

[Edited at 2005-12-22 03:59]


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tectranslate ITS GmbH
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Chinese New Year Dec 21, 2005

Hi,

you certainly won't be offending anybody in Hong Kong by sending a Christmas card.
The big Chinese holiday, however, is the Chinese New Year which is celebrated on the first day of the first month of the lunar calendar - it's usually at the end of January or at the beginning of February. This time it's January 29th (2006). The Chinese have two weeks of holidays then; they are visiting their families and eating a lot - just like we do at Christmas time.
Surely, they will be pleased about a New Year's card then, too.

Regards,
Jana
(not Benjamin this time)


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Han Li  Identity Verified
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Yes Dec 21, 2005

This time it's January 29th (2006), begin at that night,and exact begin time is 00:00 on that night. Many Chinese will go to sleep after midnight on that night. The next day our Chinese will visit our friends and families, lasting 15 days. But official work day begin on February 6, only lasting 8 days.

Best regards,
Han Li

[Edited at 2005-12-23 09:27]


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Angus Woo
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Try these Dec 22, 2005

For Christmas, 聖誕快樂! 新年大吉!

For lunar new year, 恭喜發財!


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idemasi  Identity Verified
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Thank you! Dec 23, 2005

Mark, Han Li, Jana and Angus Woo, thank you very much for shading lights on my doubts! Now, I even know to expect less work in the 2 weeks after Jan 29.
Happy New Year and Chinese New Year to us all!


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