30 January 2014

New year couplet for the year of the Horse

After ushering in the Gregorian New Year exactly 30 days ago, we are going to ring in the Chinese New Year tonight, the Year of the Horse. Again, I write my own new year couplet (春聯 chunlian) with a Chinese brush, rather than buying a commercially mass-printed one.

I compose another pair of lines for the new year, roughly translated as

Etiquette, music, poetry and books, [we] pass down over hundreds of generations (禮樂詩書傳百代);
[With] blades, spears, swords and halberds, [we] fight across three waters (刀槍劒戟過三江).

The couplet also comes with a banner: Fear neither the literate nor the martial (文武不擋).

My son, Ronne, will be 4 years old in March. It's about the time to teach him some Chinese classical texts for Children, such as Thousand Character Classic (千字文) and Trimetric Classic (三字經), as well as some basic kung-fu exercise.

I hope this couplet bringing in a happy and prosperous year, in which Ronne develops all necessary learning skills and knowledge.

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