Archive for June, 2010

Happy Father’s Day 父亲节快乐

Jun 20th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Hope everyone had a great Father’s Day today! Father’s Day is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June in 55 countries, including the United States, China, and Hong Kong, and on other days elsewhere, such as Taiwan. In Taiwan, Father’s Day is celebrated on August 8th, the 8th day of the 8th month of the year, simply because the pronunciation of the date (“八八” bābā) sounds relatively similar to the pronunciation of Father (“爸爸” bàba) in Mandarin Chinese. Therefore, in Taiwan, Father’s Day “父亲节” is often called “爸爸节” (Bābā Day).

A song for all fathers everywhere:
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Duanwu Festival 端午节 (duānwǔjié)

Jun 16th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Today is the Duanwu Festival, which falls on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, and therefore, it is also called Double Fifth. On this holiday, people prepare and eat rice dumplings 粽子 (zòngzi), drink realgar wine 雄黄酒 (xiónghuángjiǔ), and race dragon boats 划龙舟 (huálóngzhōu). Although there are other traditional activities including all kinds of games, dragon boat racing contests are the most common and signature activity, the festival therefore is also called the Dragon Boat Festival. Read the rest of this entry »

Graduation Season 毕业季节 bìyèjìjié

Jun 15th, 2010 Posted in Culture | no comment »

Hmm, it’s that time of year again – the graduation season. Congrats to all graduates! I still remember how we used to have post graduation parties that were dedicated to our teachers for all the love, support and guidance they had given and to our schoolmates for the friendship, laughter and memories we had all created together. There’s this song that we had sung at many of these parties. The song is all about friendship as friendship does play a very important part in our school life. Although it is an old song, the lyrics still touch the heart. Read the rest of this entry »