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"Happy Lunar New Year" From Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg

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    "Happy Lunar New Year" From Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg
    Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook page
    Mark Zuckerberg wishes everyone a happy Lunar New Year. Feb. 19, 2015

    In honor of the Lunar New Year, Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg delivered a message in Mandarin Chinese wishing everyone a happy one, in a video he posted on his own Facebook page.

    As of midday Thursday, his video, which appears to be spoken in a pretty good Mandarin dialect in front of a red wall with Chinese lanterns dangling from the ceiling, had over 2 million views and more than 111,000 likes.

    He apparently also has decided this is the Year of the Sheep, though others are quibbling that the year is dedicated to the goat or the ram.

    "Happy Lunar New Year! 春节快乐!" his post reads."This is a moment of renewal and celebration each year. I hope you have a wonderful time surrounded by friends and family, and I hope that the Year of the Sheep brings you health and happiness."

    Zuckerberg is married to Dr. Priscilla Chan, whose father is a Chinese-Vietnamese immigrant, according to the Daily Mail, who arrived in America with his family in the '70s after spending time in a refugee camp. He worked in a Chinese restaurant in Boston before moving his family to Palo Alto.

    Zuckerberg, self-taught in the Chinese dialect, drew "gasps and laughter" from a crowd in Beijing during a 30-minute Q&A in October 2014 he conducted in Mandarin. Humbly, Zuckerberg said his "Chinese is horrible," according to the Guardian. But told the crowd that he decided to learn the language to communicate with his in-laws.

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