但愿人长久 (May We Last Forever)

Today is last day of Chinese Lunar New Year celebration. On this special occasion, people of Chinese ancestry, who are separated from their loved ones tend to listen to this classic song. It’s translated into English as “May We Last Forever”.

Its lyric comes from an ancient poem, written by the famed Chinese poet, Su shi. The poet was saddened by the distance that separated his lover from him. He contemplated the moon, asking it when it would become clear and round again; the change of which symbolized happiness and reunion. He consoled himself with the knowing that his lover and he were both looking at the same moon.

Translation of the lyric:

When will the moon be clear and bright?

With a cup of wine in my hand, I ask the clear sky.
In the heavens on this night,
I wonder what season it would be?

I’d like to ride the wind to fly home.

Yet I fear the crystal and jade mansions
are much too high and cold for me.
Dancing with my moonlit shadow,
It does not seem like the human world.

The moon rounds the red mansion,

Stoops to silk-pad doors,
Shines upon the sleepless,
Bearing no grudge,
Why does the moon tend to be full when people are apart?

People experience sorrow, joy, separation and reunion,

The moon may be dim or bright, round or crescent shaped,
This imperfection has been going on since the beginning of time.
May we all be blessed with longevity,
Though thousands of miles apart, we are still able to share the beauty of the moon together.

 

Year Of The Horse

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Tomorrow is the first day of Chinese Lunar New Year. 2014 is the year of the horse.

Birth year: 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, 1918

 

Personality traits: energetic, independent, impatient, and enjoy traveling

 

Strengths: People who are born in the Year of the Horse are clever and kind. They are quite popular among friends, enjoy the limelight, and love large crowds and entertainment. Overall, they are perceptive, talented people who are ambitious at work.

 

Weaknesses: These people are stubborn and can be very impatient. While they are independent people, they rarely take other people’s advice.