Learn how to say “Happy New Year!” in both Mandarin and Cantonese, along with other respectful greetings, dinner customs and advanced phrases.
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Learn how to say “Happy New Year!” in both Mandarin and Cantonese, along with other respectful greetings, dinner customs and advanced phrases.
Happy Chinese New Year everyone! Today I gather some interesting phrases and sentences that are heard during the Chinese New Year. And of course you can use them to greet your family, your friends, your boss or even your teacher! Let’s see!
A Happy New Year to you.
Gōng xǐ fā cái
Congratulations and Prosperity
Everything goes well
Gōng hè xīn xǐ
Good luck in the year ahead!
Xīn nián kuài lè
Happy New Year
Harmony brings wealth
Xīn xiǎng shì chéng
May all your wishes come true
Cáiyuán guǎng jìn
Money and treasures will be plentiful
Suì suì píng’ān
Peace all year round
Promoting to a higher position
Zhāo cái jìn bǎo
Treasures fill the home
Wishing you every success
Nián nián yǒu yú
Wishing you prosperity every year.
With the compliments of the season.
Gěi nǐ tèbié de zhùfú, yuàn xīnnián dài gěi nǐ wúbiān de xìngfú, rúyì.
A cheery New Year hold lots of happiness for you!
Yuàn nǚ’ér de xīnnián zhùfú dài gěi nǐ kuàilè.
A New Year greeting to cheer you from your daughters.
Xīnnián de zhùfú, píngrì de xījì, yuàn nǐ xīnjìng xiánghé, chōngmǎn ài yì, yuàn nǐ de shìjiè quán shì měimǎn, yuàn nǐ yīqiè chènxīn rúyì, kuàilè wúbǐ.
At New Year and always, may peace and love fill your heart, beauty fill your world, and contentment and joy fill your days.
Gōnghèxīnxǐ, zhù shēntǐ jiànkāng, shìyè fādá.
Allow me to congratulate you on the arrival of the New Year and to extend to you all my best wishes for your perfect health and lasting prosperity.
Best wishes for the holidays and happiness throughout the New Year.
Gōngzhù jiànkāng, xìngyùn, xīnnián kuàilè.
Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year.
Zhù láinián hǎoyùn, bìng qǔdé gèng dà de chéngjiù.
Good luck and great success in the coming New Year.
Zhù hǎoyùn, jiànkāng, jiāyáo bàn nǐ dùguò yī gè kuàilè xīnnián.
Good luck, good health, good cheer and pass an happy New Year.
Yuàn nǐ suǒyǒu de xīnnián xiǎng dōu chéng zhēn!
Hope all your New Year dreams come true!
Zhù nǐ xiǎng jǐn xīnnián jiājié de kuàilè Hé xīnnián de lǐpǐn.
Hope you enjoy the happiness of New Year and all the trimmings.
Gěi nǐ wǒ wújìn de xīn de zhùfú, ràng tāmen chéngwéi wǒmen yǒnghéng yǒuyì de xīn de jìniàn.
I give you endless brand-new good wishes. Please accept them as a new remembrance of our lasting friendship.
Jǐn zhù xīnnián kuàilè xìngfú, dàjídàlì.
I hope you have a most happy and prosperous New Year.
I want to wish you longevity and health!
Zhù cáiyùn hēngtōng!
I wish you a happy New Year. All affection and best wishes to you and yours.
Yǐ wǒ suǒyǒu de àixīn yǔ zhēnchéng zhù nǐ jí quánjiā Chūnjié kuàilè.
Zài zhè tèshū de rìzi, xiàng nǐ zhì yǐ xīnnián de zhùfú, xīwàng bùjiǔ wǒmen néng xiāngjù zài yīqǐ.
I would like to wish you a joyous New Year and express my hope for your happiness and good future.
Zài zhè huānlè de shíjié gěi nǐ wǒ zuì zhēn de zhùfú hé qīnqiè de sīniàn, yuàn nǐ jīnnián de xīnnián bǐ wǎngnián gèng cuǐcàn.
In the season of joy I present my sincere wishes and kind thoughts. May the kind of New Year outshine all the rest.
Yuàn yīqiè zuì mẹ̌ihǎo de zhùfú dōu néng yòng zhè zhāng hèkǎ biǎodá, zhēnchéng dì zhù nǐ xìngfú, kuàilè, chénggōng!
May everything beautiful and best be condensed into this card. I sincerely wish you happiness, cheerfulness and success.
Yuàn xīnchūn měijǐng yǔ huānlè cháng bànsuí nǐ!
May the beauty and joy of New Year remain with you throughout the New Year!
Yuàn míngliàng xǐqìng de xīnnián zhúguāng wēnnuǎn yī nián zhōng de měi gè rì rì yè yè, zhù nǐ huānhuān xǐ xǐ dù xīnnián!
May the bright and festive glow of New Year candle warm the days all the year through. Hoping you will have a wonderful time enjoying New Year that is happy in every way.
Yuàn xīnnián wèi nǐ dàilái kuàilè, yǒu’ài hé níngjìng.
May the coming New Year bring you joy, love and peace.
Yuàn xīnnián de zhúguāng dài gěi nǐ xiánghé yǔ xǐyuè, zhù nǐ xīnnián chōngmǎn ài.
May the glow of New Year candle fill your heart with peace and pleasure and make your New Year bright. Have a love filled New Year!
Yuàn kuàilè xìngfú yǒng bàn nǐ zuǒyòu.
May the joy and happiness around you today and always.
Yuàn xīnnián de kuàilè yī nián sìjì cháng zài.
May the joy of New Year be with you throughout the year.
Yuàn xīnnián bùjǐn shì nǐ huānxiào de shíkè, gèng shì nǐ xīnxǐ de rìzi. Zhùfú nǐ.
May the New Year be a time of laughter and real enjoyment for you. Best wishes.
Zhù xīnnián kuàilè, bìng yuàn nǐ xìngfú jíxiáng, qiánchéng sì jǐn.
May the New Year bring many good things and rich blessings to you and all those you love!
Yuàn jiérì de yúkuài bàn nǐ yī̠shēng.
May the season’s joy fill you all the year round.
Zhù jíxīng gāo zhào!
May you come into a good fortune!
Yuàn nǐ dùguò zuì měihǎo de xīnnián!
May you have the best New Year ever.
Yuàn nǐ de xīnnián chōngmǎn wēnxīn, xiánghé, yǔ qīnrén tuánjù de kuàilè, zhù lè táotáo, xīnnián lè wúxiàn.
May your New Year be filled with special moment, warmth, peace and happiness, the joy of covered ones near, and wishing you all the joys of Christmas and a year of happiness.
Ràng wēnxīn de zhùyuàn, xìngfú de sīniàn hé yǒuhǎo de zhùfú, zài xīnnián lái dào nǐ shēnbiān, bàn nǐ zuǒyòu.
Much joy to you in the up coming year. May the warmest wishes, happy thoughts and friendly greetings come at New Year and stay with you all the year through.
Xīnnián láilín, zhù xīnnián kuàilè, yuàn nǐ shí shíkè kè xìngfú huānlè!
New Year time is here. I hope you have a wonderful New Year. May every day hold happy hours for you.
Zhì xīnnián hè chén yǔ zuì měihǎo de zhùfú!
New Year’s greetings and best wishes!
Xīnnián shì zhèyàng měihǎo de shíguāng: Lú huǒ xióngxióng, huā er fēnfāng, chúnjiǔ piāo xiāng, yīnyīn zhùfú, měihǎo huíyì, ēn’ài rì xīn. Jíbiàn méiyǒu yīqiè, zhǐyào yǒu ài biàn zú yǐ.
New Year should be a time of banked-up fines, the scent of flowers and wine, good talk, good memories and loyalties renewed. But if all else is lacking – love will do.
Zài cǐ xīnnián zhī jì, wǒ tóng fūrén xiàng nǐ jí nǐ de jiārén zhì yǐ jiérì de wènhòu, bìng zhù nǐmen xīnnián kuàilè, shìyè yǒu chéng, jiātíng xìngfú.
On the occasion of the New Year, may my wife and I extend to you and yours our warmest greetings, wishing you a happy New Year, your career greater success and your family happiness.
Zhù nǐ jīnhòu huòdé gèng dà chéngjiù.
On this special day I send you New Years greetings and hope that some day soon we shall be together.
Qǐng jiēshòu wǒ jiérì de zhùhè.
Please accept my season’s greetings.
Qǐng jiēshòu wǒ chéngzhì de xīnnián zhùfú, shùn zhù shēntǐ jiànkāng.
Please accept my sincere wishes for the New Year and I hope you will continue to enjoy good health.
Qǐng jiēshòu wǒmen duì nǐ jí nǐ quánjiā de mẹ̌ihǎo zhùfú, zhù nǐmen xīnnián kuàilè.
Please accept our wishes for you and yours for a happy New Year.
Zhù lǎoshī xīnnián chōngmǎn píng’ān hé ài.
Peace and love for you at New Year from all your students.
Yuàn xīnnián dài gěi nǐ hé nǐ suǒ ài de rén xǔduō měihǎo de shìwù hé wújìn de zhùfú!
Rich blessings for health and longevity is my special wish for you in the coming year.
Zhùfú nín, xīnnián kuàilè.
Season’s greetings and best wishes for the New Year.
Xiànshàng jiérì de wènhòu yǔ zhùfú, yuàn nǐ yǒngyǒu yīgè chōngmǎn shēngjī hé huānlè de xīnnián.
Season’s greetings and sincere wishes for a bright and happy New Year!
Yuàn nǐ jiànkāng chángshòu!
Take good care of yourself in the year ahead.
Guójiā fánróng, rénmín xiánghé.
The country flourishes and people live in peace.
Gōng zhù xīnnián jíxiáng, xìngfú hé huānlè yǔ nǐ tóng zài.
To wish you joy at this holy season. Wishing every happiness will always be with you.
Zhōngxīn zhùfú láinián kuàilè, xìngyùn!
Warm greetings and best wishes for happiness and good luck in the coming year.
Chuántǒng jiājié zhī jì, xiànshàng yīnyīn zhùfú, zhù xīnnián wànshì rúyì!
Warm hearted wishes for a happy New Year filled with all your favorite things.
Zhù jiérì kuàilè, xīnnián xìngfú.
Wishing you happiness during the holidays and throughout the New Year.
Zhù nǐ xīn de yī nián kuàilè xìngfú.
Wish you happiness and prosperity in the coming year!
Shìyè chénggōng, jiātíng měimǎn.
Wish you success in your career and happiness of your family!
Yuàn nǐ de xīnnián guāngcǎi duómù, yuàn nǐ de xīnnián cànlàn huīhuáng! Jiājié kuàilè!
Wishing you a sparkling New Year and bright happy New Year! May the season bring much pleasure to you.
Yuàn nǐ Yōngyǒu xīnnián suǒyǒu měihǎo de zhùfú.
Wishing you all the blessings of a beautiful New Year season.
Zhù jiérì xìngfú rúyì.
Wishing you all the happiness of the holiday season.
Zhù xīnnián kuàilè, bìng zhì yǐ liánghǎo de zhùfú.
With best wishes for a happy New Year!
Zhì yǐ zuì liánghǎo de zhùfú, yuàn nǐ xīnnián kuàilè xìngfú.
With very best wishes for your happiness in the New Year.
Nín de zhí er zhù nín xīnnián kuàilè.
A New Year wish from your nephew.
Yuàn nǚ’ér de zhùfú dài gěi nín huānlè.
A New Year greeting to cheer you from your daughter.
Nín de sūnzi, jì shàng yī zhāng tèbié de kǎpiàn.
A special card from your grandson.
Zhù shìjiè shàng zuì hǎo de fùmǔ jiérì kuàilè!
Happy New Year to the world’s best parents!
Yuàn nǐguò gè zuì yúkuài de jiérì.
May you have the best season ever.
Bàba māmā: Zhí cǐ jiājié, gǎnxiè nínmen suǒ jǐyǔ de yīqiè.
Mom and Dad: Thank you for everything this holiday season!
Zài zhè jiājié lǐ, méiyǒu bǐ jiā gèng hǎo dì dìfāngle.
There’s no place like home for the holidays.
Jiājié, wǒ xiǎngniàn nǐmen.
Thinking of you at New Year’s time.
Xiàn gěi yéye nǎinai: Xīnnián kuàilè!
To Grandpa and Grandma happy New Year!
Zhù wǒ zuì qīn’ài de fùmǔ jiérì yúkuài!
Season’s greetings to my dearest parents!
Jì shàng wúxiàn de sīniàn hé zuì měihǎo de zhùyuàn, nǐmen de nǚ’ér.
Warmest thoughts and best wishes from your daughter.
Xīwàng xīnnián zhùfú gěi nǐ dài lái huānlè, wǒ de hǎo péngyǒu.
A New Year greeting to cheer you, my good friend.
Yuàn nǐ zài wèilái de yī nián lǐ, jíxīng gāo zhào.
Best of luck in the year to come.
Zhù wǒ de zhìyǒu xīnnián kuàilè.
Happy New Year, my best friend.
Xīwàng wǒmen néng yīqǐguò chūnjié.
I hope we can spend the holidays together.
Yuàn kuàilè suíshí yǔ nín tóng zài——rútóng wǒmen yǔ nín cùnbù bùlí.
May happiness follow you everywhere …just like we do.
Zhùfú nǐ jí nǐ suǒ ài de rén xīn de yī nián zhōng wànshì rúyì.
May its blessings lead into a wonderful year for you and all whom you hold dear.
Zhù nǐ zài jiérì hé xīn de yī nián zhōng xiǎngyǒu wúxiàn de kuàilè.
To wish you special joy at the holidays and all year.
Fāhuī nǐ de rèqíng, ràng lǐxiǎng biàn wèi xiànshí.
Take your passion and make it come true.
Xiànshàng zuì měihǎo de zhùyuàn.
Wish all the best wishes for you.
Xīn de yī nián, xiàng nǐ xiànshàng zuì chéngzhì de zhùfú.
Wish many good wishes for the holidays and the coming year.
For Boss, Teachers
Zhù nín xīnnián kuàilè, nín de quántǐ xuéshēng jìng shàng.
A happy New Year from all of your students.
Xiànshàng zuì chéngzhì de zhùfú, zhù nín xīnnián yúkuài.
Best wishes for a wonderful New Year.
Zhùfú nín jí nín de jiārén.
Best wishes for you and your family.
Wǒmen xiāoshòu bù quántǐ rényuán zhù nín xīnnián kuàilè!
From all of us in sales: Happy New Year!
Wǒ qídàizhuó xīnnián guòhòu, zài shàng nín de kè.
I look forward to your class after the New Year.
Wǒmen bùnéng zài yīqǐguò chūnjié zhēnshi tài yíhànle.
It’s really a shame we can’t be together at that moment.
Yuàn nín xìngfú kuàilè, zhídào yǒngyuǎn yǒngyuǎn.
May happiness follow you wherever you go!
Yuàn nín zài xīn de yī nián chōngmǎn kuàilè.
Much joy to you in the upcoming year.
Xīnnián shì xǐqìng de rìzi——Yīnwèi bùyòng shàngkè.
New Year is a time for gladness and rejoicing …because there is no class.
Gǎnxiè nín méiyǒu liú jiàqī zuòyè.
Thank you for not as signing homework this holiday season.
Gǎnxiè nín wèi wǒmen suǒ zuò de yīqiè.
Thank you for all you have done for us.
Zhí cǐ jiājié, jǐn duì nín de xīnqín zāipéi biǎoshì gǎnxiè.
Thank you for your hard work and patience on this holiday season.
Wǒmen xiàng nín xiànshàng xīnnián de zhùfú.
We offer New Year blessings to you.
Jiàqī lǐ, wǒmen bù huì wàngjì nín de.
We won’t forget you this holiday season.
Wànshì rúyì, héjiā píng’ān.
Wishing you and yours a happy happy New Year.
Zhùfú nín jí quánjiā xīnnián kuàilè.
Wishing you and your family a very happy New Year.
Quántǐ zhíyuán zhù nín jí jiārén xīnnián kuàilè.
Your entire staff wishes you and yours a most happy New Year.
1. 过年 Guònián
Guo-nian; have the Spring Festival
2. 对联 Duìlián
Poetic couplet: two successive rhyming lines in poetry
3. 春联 Chūnlián
Spring Festival couplets
4. 剪纸 Jiǎnzhǐ
5. 年画 Niánhuà
New Year paintings
6. 买年货 Mǎi niánhuò
Special purchases for the Spring Festival ; do Spring Festival shopping
7. 敬酒 Jìngjiǔ
Propose a toast
8. 灯笼 灯笼 Dēnglóng
Lantern: a portable light
9. 烟花 Yānhuā
10. 爆竹 Bàozhú
firecrackers (People scare off evil spirits and ghosts with the loud pop.)
11. 红包 Hóngbāo
red packets (cash wrapped up in red paper, symbolize fortune and wealth in the coming year.)
12. 舞狮 Wǔ shī
lion dance (The lion is believed to be able to dispel evil and bring good luck.)
13. 舞龙 Wǔ lóng
dragon dance (to expect good weather and good harvests)
14. 戏曲 Xìqǔ
15. 杂耍 Záshuǎ
variety show; vaudeville
16. 灯谜 Dēngmí
riddles written on lanterns
17. 灯会 Dēnghuì
exhibit of lanterns
18. 拜年 Bàinián
Pay New Year’s call; give New Year’s greetings; New Year’s visit
For those who still doesn’t enjoy enough, here are a few more about CNY Related Vocabularies.
Thanks for reading! Hope you all 春节快乐!
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There are multiple blessings and greetings for Chinese New Year. But there are variations even for the most basic “Happy New Year!”
The simplest is, of course, Happy New Year: 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)
China also contains many dialects, such as Cantonese, Shanghainese and the Beijing dialect. And those dialects don’t include the languages of China’s 55 ethnic minorities.
A European scholar once said that if every dialect regions became a separate country, this area would have more countries than Europe. Northerners and Southerners can rarely understand each other, even though the same written language is used.
Other than Mandarin (standardized Chinese), the most well-known Chinese language is probably Cantonese. It’s more difficult for foreigners to learn. English isn’t a tonal language. Mandarin has 4 tones. And Cantonese has 9.
But if you wish to learn, “Happy New Year” in Cantonese is pronounced: san1 nin4 faai3 lok6!
You can also say春节愉快 (chūn jiē yú kuài), which uses a more formal way to say “happy.” In Cantonese, it’s: ceon1 zit3 jyu4 faai3
In Cantonese-speaking regions, it’s more popular to say恭喜发财(gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4). This is a blessing for wealth and prosperity. The phrase is also used in other regions (Mandarin: gong xǐ fā cái). But the Cantonese like to say this in place of the usual “Happy New Year.”
Some more poetic and “advanced” variations of “Happy New Year”:
It can be said that Chinese culture is based off of Confucianism. This philosophy emphasizes manners, politeness and respect. Age, status and rank are ingrained in actions. This is especially clear during Chinese New Year.
The act of greeting and blessing during Chinese New Year is called 拜年 (bài nián), which literally means to pay a visit for the New Years. You must visit the eldest (seniors from the husband’s side) in the family first. Don’t forget to bring gifts!
In return, the grandparents and elders will give the younger generation red envelopes. The money in red envelopes is also known as 压岁钱 (yā suì qián). Literally, it is “money to anchor the year.”
In the past, currency was in the form of coins similar in shape to donuts. Parents would use red string to tie the coins together and give to their children. It transitioned to be wrapped in red paper and now, put into red envelopes.
By giving the money to the children, the elders are also hoping to pass on a year of good fortune and blessings. In some regions of China, rather than between generations, married couples will give red envelopes to their unmarried friends to transfer some luck.
To receive this, you must perform 3 kowtows to the elders.
Kowtow (磕头—kē tóu) literally means to knock your head (against the floor.) Basically, you kneel and place your hands on the ground before you. Bend over and rest your head between your hands. This is the ultimate show of respect.
The most important meal of the year is the New Year’s Eve reunion dinner. Because the Chinese love treating others to meals, there will also be multiple other dinners throughout the holiday.
Whether it takes place at home or in a restaurant, the seating arrangement is always set.
If the traditional table is used, there will be 4 benches. Each seats 8 people.
The eldest sits in the north, facing the south. Then in descending order, people are seated in the east, west and lastly south. This is due to beliefs in fēng shuǐ (风水).
There are assigned seats in each bench as well. On the northern bench, the leftmost is the most important guest. The right side is reserved for the host.
For the eastern and western benches, the ones closer to the north are usually older (or more important.) It is more casual for the southern bench.
The round tables in Chinese restaurants usually seat 8-12 people. If in a private room, the innermost and centered table is reserved for the highest ranks. The host sits on the right, while the most important guest sits on the left.
For the other tables, the seating arrangement is the same as at home.
Disney’s Mulan was a great movie. But they made a grave mistake.
Whenever they ate, they would stick the chopsticks straight into their bowl of rice. Never do that, especially if eating with elders! It looks like burning incense to commemorate passed ancestors.
Unlike in the West, it’s polite to keep your elbows on the table while eating. You should also make sure you eat everything on your plate. But here’s a friendly tip: if someone sees your plate empty, they’ll naturally pile on more food. So if you don’t want all this food, try to find the right balance and timing!
Also, be prepared for some awkwardness. The Chinese have a habit of asking questions that may make foreigners uncomfortable. Most genuinely want to know because they care or are concerned. Grandparents and aunties and uncles will ask:
Did you get a job? Where do you work? What’s your annual income? Did you get a promotion? Did you find a boy/girlfriend? Why not? Do you want to meet my friend’s kid? When are you getting married? When are you having kids?
It’s a very annoying but heartwarming phenomenon.
You should also ask around for local superstitions and customs. For example, in some regions, there is 1 dish that is always placed on the table. But it’s not meant to be eaten until the very last day of the holiday. Don’t be that guy.
The most important rule of all: no arguments, crying, bickering or fights. It’ll bring bad luck and ruin the mood.
Despite the complicated rules and social customs, Chinese New Year is a time of celebration. Once you have everything down pat, you’ll be able to enjoy yourself (and feast on the great food)!
Chinese New Year Greetings, Wishes, Blessings they believe we should greet each other with nice and lucky phrases during the New Year.
How do say Happy New Year in Chinese?
That time of the Lunar Year has rolled around again, and we’re about to step out of the Year of the Dog (2018) and into the Year of the Pig (2019).
You will wear red underwear, you will noisily pop champagne corks and we will, as tradition requires exchange greetings for the New Year.
First of all it should be clarified that in China there are two different “New Years” celebrations: the first is the so-called “Spring Festival” 春节 (Chūnjié), which usually falls between the last two weeks of January and the first two of February.
The second New Year is the one celebrated worldwide that is on January 1st, which in Chinese is called 元旦 (yuán dàn). There is, however, an interchangeable and usable term for both events: 新年 (xīn nián) literally “New Year”.
To best prepare yourself, you need to learn how to wish your friends a Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese! And be warned, there are many many ways to do this. But it’s a great way to pick up some new Chinese vocab.
So let’s start at the very beginning…
Chapter 1 – A Simple Happy New Year in Chinese
Chapter 2 – Happy Spring Festival in Chinese
Chapter 3 – Happy New Year in Chinese: Kung Hei Fat Choi
Chapter 4 – Elaborate Ways to Wish Happy New Year in Chinese
This is probably the easiest and most literal way of wishing your friends a Happy New Year:
Chinese Characters: 新年快乐
Pinyin Pronunciation: Xīnnián kuàilè
Meaning: 新年 literally means ‘New Year’ and 快乐 means ‘Happy’.
This phrase is used interchangeably both at Chinese New Year and on the 1st of January at the start of the solar New Year.
But if we only learnt how to say this version of Happy New Year in Chinese, we’d have barely hit the tip of the iceberg…
Read on for more New Year Greetings and Wishes…
This is also a very literal way of wishing your friends a Happy Spring Festival.
Chinese Characters: 春节快乐
Pinyin Pronunciation: Chūnjié kuàilè
Meaning: 春节 literally means ‘Spring Festival’ and 快乐 means ‘Happy’. So Happy Spring Festival!
Unlike Xīnnián kuàilè, the phrase Chūnjié kuàilè would only be used for Chinese New Year or Spring Festival, rather than during Western New Year.
Though in English translations this phrase will often just been translated to ‘Happy Chinese New Year’, seeing as we don’t refer to it as Spring Festival as often.
Chinese Characters: 恭喜发财
Pinyin Pronunciation: Gōngxǐ fācái
Meaning: ‘Happiness and Prosperity in the New Year’.
These New Year wishes are a little difficult to translate concisely into English.
恭喜 literally means respectful congratulations, and 发财 means to get rich or to prosper.
The phrase is a blessing for prosperity and wealth in the coming year and is used all over China. But in the South of China, Cantonese-speaking regions in particular, it is used as a general greeting for Chinese New Year.
This is why in English letters the phrase is often written as ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi’, following the Cantonese pronunciation.
Remember not to cut your hair after Chinese New Year, as the word for hair in Chinese uses the same character as 发 in 发财 (to prosper).
The belief is that by cutting or washing your hair in the new year, you might be washing away some of the prosperity.
Why not opt for something more elaborate and personalized with some of these alternate ways of wishing in the new year!
Here is a list of 10 ways to wish happy New Year in Chinese:
Chinese Characters: 祝新年快乐，并致以良好的祝福。
Pinyin Pronunciation: Zhù xīnnián kuàilè, bìng zhì yǐ liánghǎo de zhùfú.
Meaning: Best wishes for a happy New Year!
Chinese Characters: 祝你在新的一年里身体健康，多福多寿。
Pinyin Pronunciation: Zhù nǐ zài xīn de yī nián lǐ shēntǐ jiànkāng, duō fú duō shòu
Meaning: I wish you good health and good luck in the New Year!
Chinese Characters: 恭祝新年吉祥，幸福和欢乐与你同在。
Pinyin Pronunciation: Gōng zhù xīnnián jíxiáng, xìngfú hé huānlè yǔ nǐ tóng zài.
Meaning: I wish that luck, happiness and joy accompany you throughout the New Year!
Chinese Characters: 恭贺新禧，祝身体健康、事业发达。
Pinyin Pronunciation: Gōnghè xīnxǐ, zhù shēntǐ jiànkāng, shìyè fādá
Meaning: Happy New Year with wishes of good health and a successful career
Chinese Characters: 请接受我对你及你全家的美好祝福，祝你们新年快乐。
Pinyin Pronunciation: Qǐng jiēshòu wǒmen duì nǐ jí nǐ quánjiā dì měihǎo zhùfú, zhù nǐmen xīnnián kuàilè.
Meaning: Please accept my best wishes for a happy New Year to you and your family!
Chinese Characters: 愿快乐幸福永伴你左右。
Pinyin Pronunciation: Yuàn kuàilè xìngfú yǒng bàn nǐ zuǒyòu.
Meaning: May joy and happiness always stay with you.
Chinese Characters: 在这特殊的日子，向你致以新年的祝福，希望不久我们能相聚在一起。
Pinyin Pronunciation: Zài zhè tèshū de rìzi, xiàng nǐ zhì yǐ xīnnián de zhùfú, xīwàng bùjiǔ wǒmen néng xiāngjù zài yīqǐ.
Meaning: On this special day, I want to wish you a Happy New Year with the hope that we will soon be together.
Chinese Characters: 愿你所有的新年想都成真!
Pinyin Pronunciation: Yuàn nǐ suǒyǒu de xīnnián xiǎng dōu chéng zhēn!
Meaning: I wish that all that you want for this New Year comes true!
Chinese Characters: 愿你度过最美好的新年!
Pinyin Pronunciation: Yuàn nǐ dùguò zuì měihǎo de xīnnián!
Meaning: May you have a great New Year!
Chinese Characters: 愿你的新年光彩夺目，愿你的新年灿烂辉煌！佳节快乐！
Pinyin Pronunciation: Yuàn nǐ de xīnnián guāngcǎi duómù, yuàn nǐ de xīnnián cànlàn huīhuáng! Jiājié kuàilè!
Meaning: May this New Year be bright and splendid! Happy Holidays!
As we have seen, the happy new year wishes in Chinese are closely linked to the concepts of luck, health, longevity and success.
So what are you waiting for?!
Best wishes to your friends with these 10 phrases and start the New Year enriching your vocabulary!
Chinese New Year falls in February typically although it can also fall in late January and early March on some rare occasions.
Chinese New Year is the celebration of the start of the new Lunar Calendar year. This festival is commonly referred to as Spring Festival in China.
Yes. China does not celebrate Christmas and National Week (October 1st-7th), although big, is more widely celebrate by travelling.
Chinese New Year is commonly the time families get to spend together more than any time in the year especially if they live
“Happiness and prosperity in the New Year.”
新年 (xīn nián) is new year in Chinese.
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Daniela is a China enthusiast who studied and worked at LTL Mandarin School. She is hugely passionate about China and it's culture.
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