Thursday, January 30, 2014

Don't just say Keong Hee Huat Chye. Include the Vulcan greeting too!

This Chinese New Year, greetings of "Xin Nian Kuai Le" ("Happy New Year" in Mandarin) will be exchanged. The Chinese always hope for a more prosperity year so there is also "Gong Xi Fa Cai" (Mandarin), "Gong Hei Fa Choi (Cantonese) and "Keong Hee Huat Chye" (Hokkien). I am Hokkien, so I shall be uttering the Hokkien version to one and all!

Some people say this "May you be prosperous" greeting among the Chinese goes back more than 2,000 years ago and was recorded in the Analects of Confucius.

So what does this Vulcan (an alien) have in common with the Chinese?...

Well, apart from the Vulcan race also having a recorded history that goes back thousands of years, their greeting is similar:

Live long and prosper!

Except that I don't know how to say that in Vulcanese. Still, that should not stop us from saying (together with the hand gesture above):

Keong Hee Huat Chye. Live Long and Prosper!

I'll wrap up with this cute little Chinese New Year of the Horse ditty featuring the Minions of Despicable Me fame. It was sent by Sylvia to Angie on WhatsApp:

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