2016-01-02elementary

Christmas - 圣诞节

Do Chinese people celebrate Christmas? As you probably know, the biggest holiday in China is during the Lunar New Year, which usually occurs around February. Traditionally, Christmas is not celebrated in China, but lately some young people enjoy buying a Christmas tree to celebrate with their children.

Let’s learn how to ask “Do Chinese people celebrate Christmas?” in Chinese, so that you can ask your Chinese friends.

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zhōng guó rén
中国人
中國人
Chinese person
guò
to pass (time), to celebrate (a holiday)
shèng dàn jié
圣诞节
聖誕節
Christmas time, Christmas
ma
(question particle for "yes-no" questions)
 

Do Chinese people celebrate Christmas?

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Pinyin

The majority of Chinese people spend Christmas together with their friends or lovers, and like to give each other apples during Christmas. This is because the píng in "apple" is pronounced the same as píng in "peace". Since Chinese people call December 24th "peaceful night", apples given around that time are also known as "peaceful fruit".

Let’s learn how to say “Christmas eve” and “peaceful fruit” in Chinese.

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zhōng guó rén
中国人
中國人
Chinese person
xǐ huan
喜欢
喜歡
to like, to be fond of
zài
(to be) in
shèng dàn jié
圣诞节
聖誕節
Christmas time, Christmas
sòng
to give (as a present)
píng guǒ
苹果
蘋果
apple
 
ér qiě
而且
而且
moreover, in addition
yīn wèi
因为
因為
because, owing to
zhōng guó rén
中国人
中國人
Chinese person
particle marking the following noun as a direct object
 
12
12
yuè
month
 
24
24
date, day of the month
jiào zuò
叫做
叫做
to be called, to be known as
 
píng ān yè
平安夜
平安夜
silent night, Christmas Eve
 
”,
suǒ yǐ
所以
所以
therefore, as a result
that
shí hou
时候
時候
time, period
sòng
to give (as a present)
de
(used to form a nominal expression)
píng guǒ
苹果
蘋果
apple
also, too
jiào zuò
叫做
叫做
to be called, to be known as
 
píng ān
平安
平安
safe and sound, quiet and safe
guǒ
fruit
 
”。

Chinese people like to give each other apples during Christmas. And because the píng in "apple" is pronounced the same as píng in "peace", apples given around that time are also known as "peaceful fruit".

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Pinyin

Every year during Christmas apples become very expensive; especially apples which have Santa Claus or Merry Christmas engraved in them like the ones in the picture at the top of this article. These apples are made by placing paper on the apple to block part of the sun's rays, so that when harvested the apple has the pattern imprinted on it.