This cartoon by Chappatte from the International New York Times shows a young boy and a woman (his mother?) standing among the bombed-out ruins of a city somewhere in Syria. The boy asks the woman, "What does 'Happy New Year' mean?"
The cartoonist is making a comment on the civil war in Syria, which has led to well over 100,000 deaths and untold suffering. For the innocent civilians caught up in the conflict, the new year does look like being a very happy one.
You'd think that "What does xxxx mean?" would be one of the first phrases learners of English should master, but I still get students saying "What means xxxx?" even after years of study.