For this week, ending midnight on the 22nd of January, we are having a question asking challenge.

Everyone is encouraged to ask questions related to the passing of Chinese New Year 春节.

The person who asks the most upvoted questions will win some nice prize (still to be determined).

The idea is to provide the site with some quality questions and to have some friendly competition.

You are also welcome to ask (and answer) questions that you already know the answer to if they provide valuable information.

I look forward to seeing your great questions.


  • 1
    When you are talking about "midnight", which time zone are you using? Or is there a default time zone on SE?
    – fefe
    Jan 16 '12 at 13:01
  • @fefe, if I recall correctly the timezone on SE is UTC - you'll notice that daily reputation changes at that time each day.
    – Ciaocibai
    Jan 16 '12 at 19:55
  • Update: The Challenge week has ended.
    – Alenanno
    Jan 24 '12 at 15:59

Great idea! Who doesn't love prizes? I've gone ahead and added my first CNY question, so fingers crossed.

And may I congratulate you on the awesome ideas you keep on coming up with for this site :-)

  • I was wondering, why don't we make your post CW and add here all the questions asked for this event for future reference? :)
    – Alenanno
    Jan 16 '12 at 9:50
  • I posted it on my own... :)
    – Alenanno
    Jan 16 '12 at 14:51
  • @Alenanno, great idea - good work :-)
    – Ciaocibai
    Jan 16 '12 at 19:56
  • You can edit it too of course, I might miss something :D
    – Alenanno
    Jan 16 '12 at 19:57

Premise: The questions are listed in order of posting. I thought about other orders but I also thought that this was the most "neutral". If you think other orders might be better, post a comment.

If you post a new question that is not on this list, add it at the bottom of the list (please, use another question as a template, so it remains consistent). The first number you'll see represents the current1 votes.

1: This list is not automatically updated and the data might be mismatching.

3What and where is the connection between 压岁钱 and the character 岁 that appears in it?
posted by Alenanno

1Better translation for 春节联欢晚会 than New Year's Gala
posted by xiaohouzi79

0Use of 龙 in the idiom 车水马龙
posted by xiaohouzi79

2Is the character 年 (or its etymology) related to the mythical beast in Chinese mythology?
posted by Alenanno

5How to express a date in Chinese (lunar) calendar?
posted by Huang

1Is there a Chinese equivalent song of 'auld lang syne'?
posted by Ciaocibai

3Is there a traditional Chinese New Year greeting?
posted by Ciaocibai

3What is the exact meaning and etymology of 拜年?
posted by Ciaocibai

1Is the cantonese expression 五福臨門 present in Mandarin too?
posted by Alenanno

3How do Chinese native speakers actually refer to this event?
posted by Alenanno

1How should one answer this question about 年?
posted by Lagoona

1Can 窝 be used for grouping any zodiac animal?
posted by xiaohouzi79

Note: If you posted other questions, add them, there wasn't a tag system so I'm not sure which ones were posted for this challenge.

  • Is this the complete list? I want to get back to the SE team so they can select the winner. Thanks!
    – going
    Feb 2 '12 at 1:08
  • @xiaohouzi79 Nope, there are some "missings"... These are posted in order of time, so yours is the last one I compiled... :)
    – Alenanno
    Feb 2 '12 at 9:53

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