Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy New Year...Four Years Late!!

Taiwan TW-451464 received 02-08-2012

Sent by: meji
From: Taoyuan, Taiwan
ID number: TW-451464
Notes: Today is the Lunar New Year, also known as Chinese New Year.  We leave the Year of the Goat behind, and start the Year of the Monkey, specifially the Fire Monkey (as opposed to the Water, Wood, Earth or Metal Monkey).  This card is from the Lunar New Year in 2012 - the Year of the Dragon.  You can see the dragon's body forms the numbers 2012.  Based on the twelve year cycle, the next Year of the Dragon will be 2024, and the next Year of the Monkey will be in 2028.  The element of the next Year of the Monkey will be Earth.

meji wished me a Happy New Year on this card - Gong Xi Fa Chai.  That is the Cantonese pronounciation.  Usually in the U.S., we hear the Mandarin version - Gong Hei Fat Choy.  Both use the same Chinese characters.  

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