shǒu head; chief; classifier for poems, songs etc

Made up of [ from; self; oneself radical 132]


A picture of a head with nose and hair prominent
Number of strokes 9

Related characters

Sounds same

shǒu (hand) shǒu (hand)

Different tone

shòu (to receive)

< Previous shǒu Next shòu >


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stroke order for 首
Stroke order for character 首, kindly provided under Wikimedia creative commons license
Chinese proverb


Tiān xià méi yǒu bù sàn de yàn xí [tian xia mei you bu san de yan xi]
world does not have no break up of banquet
No banquet in the world goes on forever
Good fortune can not last for ever
All good things must come to an end

Chinese festivals

The Chinese have a rich mixture of festivals ancient and modern to celebrate. Some have dates fixed by the traditional lunar calendar, some by the traditional solar calendar and the modern ones by the Western calendar so the dates move around each year. Most months have some kind of festival. Public holidays are now usually moved to be close to the festival date often giving a long weekend rather than a day off in the middle of the week. There are two longer public holidays, one for Chinese New year (usually three days) and one for October 1st National Day (also typically three days).
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