Another year of “Bai Du Bu Qin” not “Gong Xi Fa Cai”

In Holidays and Festivals on 31/01/2022 at 3:28 am

“Bai Du Bu Qin”

A poetic phrase with origins in Chinese literature, it means “may you be immune from 100 toxins”.

BBC article in 2020

“Immunity from 100 toxins” appears to have originated in a verse by the Cambridge-educated poet Xu Zhimo, and also makes an appearance in the fiction of Louis Cha, a martial arts novelist, but was not known to be said at holidays.

It implies having great self-control and determination as well as not easily succumbing to disease.

  1. This cny will definitely be more boisterous. Most families are now pretty blasé with covid.

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