mathNEWS Issue 85.1: Friday, January 19, 2001

It's New Years, and it's NOT A HOLIDAY?

mathNEWS would like to send a "Gong Hai Fat Choi" to all UW Chinese Mathies who will be celebrating Chinese New Year next Wednesday. Chinese New Year is based on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, and falls on different days, according to the normal "solar calendar." This year, it falls on a Wednesday, which means school is still on.

mathNEWS would also like to send condolences to those celebrating Chinese New Years. Personally, spending a quiet night in front of your computer monitors doing your CS assignments is not a particularly fun way to ring in a new year, lunar calendar or not. We truly feel for you.

This brings up the question: Why isn't this a statuary holiday??!? New Year's Day is a holiday, and we all get drunk and be merry on December 31st. Why not we all get drunk and be merry when the lunar calendar changes to the 01/01?

Studies have shown that celebrating the Chinese New Year may be detrimental to companies and educational institutions. The extra 'holiday' would cause an adverse affect on students and professionals alike, who are not able to handle two "New Year"s in one year. Studies also have shown that the amount of alcohol consumed cumulatively on both New Years can kill a healthy individual if such individual is not conditioned for the increased alcoholic intake.

mathNEWS would like to think we CAN handle the alcoholic content. Hence, we SHALL celebrate Chinese New Year. How, nobody knows, but when you hear beer bottles being opened next Wednesday near the grand atrium that is the closet- office, you'll be sure we're drunk and merry, and ready to celebrate the new year all over again!

Raymond CT Lai
(Yes, I realize I am Chinese)



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