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Happy New Year in Chinese: The Many Ways of Wishing Your This is why in English letters the phrase is often written as 'Kung Hei Fat Choi'.

Of all the holidays, New Year’s is the one most filled with hope. If the last year has been good for us, we feel like we’re on a roll and look forward to the new year being even better. If the last year has been crappy, we’re glad for it to be over and think “next year can’t possibly be worse.”

We’re often wrong in both cases, of course. But never mind that. No harm can come from greeting the new year with a positive attitude – in fact, quite the opposite. A good attitude often leads to good results.

One uplifting way to celebrate the New Year is to send your best wishes to friends, colleagues, and family members. To help you find the right words, here’s a big list of Happy New Years wishes for 2019. While a few of these messages include Christmas wishes, most are worded so that they can be shared after the holidays, including early in the new year.

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Sincere New Year Wishes

Here are some messages that express genuine good wishes for the coming year.

  • Remember the good times of 2018, and get ready for the better times of 2019.
  • As you look back on the past year and forward to the new one, keep in mind that they’re both steps on the ladder to your dreams.
  • Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Hope the coming year brings you everything your heart desires.
  • May you reach all your goals in the new year, and find happiness in the endeavor.
  • I hope the new year brings you the sorts of gifts you can’t find under any Christmas tree. I’m referring to the gifts of inner peace, personal growth, health, prosperity, and most of all, love.
  • Don’t just hope for a great year. Make it a great year.
  • Happy Holidays! Hope you keep some of that Christmas spirit tucked away somewhere so it stays with you throughout the coming year.
  • There’s only one thing we can do to stop the years from going by too fast, and that’s to make every single day count. Hope all your days ahead are full of fun, adventure, and all the other things that make life worth living.


Why not start the new year with a laugh? Here are some humorous New Year greetings to share with the people in your life. If puns are your thing, you might also want to see this article.

  • Have a carefree New Year’s Eve and a hangover-free New Year’s Day.
  • Happy New Year! Don’t forget to make some resolutions you’ll never keep and put up a new wall calendar you’ll never look at.
  • It’s a new year already? I was just getting used to the old one!
  • Have fun breaking your New Year’s resolutions.
  • It’s time for 2019 to depart, and all I can say is, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. May the new year be less sucky than the old.
  • We’ll either tackle our dreams or end up in a wreck – either way, let’s meet the new year head on.
  • Wishing you 364 days of happiness in the coming year (happiness might get old after awhile, so I gave you one day off).
  • It’s 2019 already? Father Time is a real sonovabitch.

For a Close Friend

A special friend deserves a special New Year’s message.

  • When I think about all my happiest memories from the past year, there’s one common denominator: you.
  • They say out with the old and in with the new, but I’m not letting go of old friends like you.
  • Just think, the next year could be the best of your life. Work hard, stay positive, and know that there are people like me who are pulling for you.
  • Happy New Year! With friends like you, I know 2019 is going to be great.
  • Hope 2019 is good to you. If it treats you as well as you’ve treated me, you’ll be all right.
  • I know you had a tough year, but you made it through. I hope next year rewards you for your strength and perseverance.
  • My New Year’s resolution is to be more like you. Happy New Year to one of the best people I know.
  • Thanks for being my best friend. I can’t wait to see what shenanigans we get up to in 2019.


Here are some New Year wishes for a spouse or other romantic partner.

  • 2019 is going to be the best year yet. That’s because every year is the best year yet when I’m with you.
  • Happy New Year, sweetheart! I can’t think of anyone I’d rather be kissing at midnight.
  • They say time flies when you’re having fun. That’s probably why the last year with you has gone by so fast.
  • The best part of New Year’s Eve are the fireworks that happen when I’m alone with you.
  • This year, I’m resolving to love you even more. I don’t know how that’s possible, but I’m going to try.
  • Please don’t make any New Year’s resolutions. You’re perfect just the way you are.
  • [Long Distance] Since we can’t be together this New Year’s Eve, you owe me one extra kiss. Plus interest.
  • [Long Distance] No matter where I am on New Year’s Eve, I’ll be thinking of you when the clock strikes midnight.

New Year’s Quotes

Here are some famous New Year’s quotes that have stood the test of time. Because they deal with transition and self-improvement, many of popular graduation quotes are also apropos here.

  • “Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.”
  • “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”
  • “New Year’s Day is every man’s birthday.”
  • “Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘It will be happier.'”
  • “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language
    And next year’s words await another voice.”

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Happy New Year Messages for 2019

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Happy New Year in Chinese: The Many Ways of Wishing Your Friends a Happy Spring Festival

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

How do you say 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…

How do you say Happy Spring Festival in Chinese?

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.

How do you say Happiness and Prosperity in the New Year?

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.

10 Alternative Ways to Wish Happy New Year in Chinese

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:

1. Best Wishes

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!

2. Good Health and Good Luck 

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!

3. Luck, Happiness and Joy

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!

4. Good Health and A Successful Career

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

5. Best Wishes to Your Family

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!

6. Joy and Happiness

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.

7. Hope to be Together Soon

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.

8. All Your Wishes Come True

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!

9. Great New Year

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!

10. Bright and Splendid! 

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!

Happy New Year – FAQ’s

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year falls in February typically although it can also fall in late January and early March on some rare occasions.

What is Chinese New Year?

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.

Is Chinese New Year the biggest celebrated 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

What does 恭喜发财 mean?

“Happiness and prosperity in the New Year.”

How do you say “new year” in Chinese?

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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40 New Year Greetings

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Ringing in the New Year is cause for celebration, for spending time with friends and family, and for looking back. A lot can happen in a year and between the good, the bad and the ugly, this may seem like an understatement for most.

As glasses are raised and fireworks explode into the sky, it’s important to recognize the special symbolism this holiday brings with it.  A time of new beginnings and fresh starts also comes with a time of reflection. Whether your resolutions consist of keeping your hands out of the cookie jar or giving your heartfelt word to work on relationships with loved ones, it can take work. And it can make all the difference to put these hopes into words and warm wishes. Seeing is believing.

These Happy New Year messages, well wishes, and quotes will remind you to uphold your new year desires, help you fill the blank space in your New Year card and most importantly, share your joy with others this holiday season.

Jump to a message or a quote:

Happy New Year Greetings Messages

The perfect addition to your New Year’s greeting cards no matter whom the recipient.

  • Wishing you a Happy New Year with the hope that you will have many blessings in the year to come.
  • Out with the old, in with the new: may you be happy the whole year through. Happy New Year!
  • Counting my blessings and wishing you more. Hope you enjoy the New Year in store.
  • I resolve to stop wasting my resolutions on myself and use them to repay you for the warmth you’ve shown me. Happy New Year!
  • Nights will be dark but days will be light, wish your life to be always bright – Happy New Year.
  • Let us look back at the past year with the warmest of memories. Happy New Year.
  • Let the old year end and the New Year begin with the warmest of aspirations. Happy New Year!
  • One more year loaded with sweet recollections and cheerful times has passed. You have made my year exceptionally uncommon, and I wish this continuous forever. With you around, each minute is a unique event for me. I wish you to have a year as incredible as you are.
  • On this New Year I wish that you have a superb January, a dazzling February, a Peaceful March, an anxiety free April, a sensational May, and Joy that keeps going from June to November, and then round off with an upbeat December.
  • On this New Year, may you change your direction and not dates, change your commitments and not the Calendar, change your attitude and not the actions, and bring about a change in your faith, your force and your focus and not the fruit. May you live up to the promises you have made and may you create for you and your loved ones the most Happy New Year ever.
  • May this year bring new happiness, new goals, new achievements and a lot of new inspirations on your life. Wishing you a year fully loaded with happiness.
  • Wishing every day of the new year to be filled with success, happiness and prosperity for you, happy new year.
  • May the new year bring you warmth, love and light to guide your path to a positive destination
  • Here’s wishing you all the joy of the season. Have a Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Inspirational Messages

Everyone could use a little pick-me-up this holiday season especially when it comes to sticking with New Year’s resolutions. Use one of these inspirational New Year messages to instill a little hope in the hearts of your loved ones and put a smile on their faces.

  • A New Year is like a blank book, and the pen is in your hands. It is your chance to write a beautiful story for yourself. Happy New Year.
  • As the New Year approaches us with hopes anew, here is to wishing you and your family a wonderful year ahead.
  • As the New Year dawns, I hope it is filled with the promises of a brighter tomorrow. Happy New Year!
  • Every end marks a new beginning. Keep your spirits and determination unshaken, and you shall always walk the glory road. With courage, faith and great effort, you shall achieve everything you desire. I wish you a Happy New Year.
  • On the road to success, the rule is always to look ahead. May you reach your destination and may your journey be wonderful. Happy New Year.
  • No one can go back in time to change what has happened, so work on your present to make yourself a wonderful future.
  • You’re supposed to let go of the past and start off new. You’re supposed to forgive all those who have hurt you and be open to new relationships, with open arms. That is why it is called the ‘New’ Year. May you have a Happy New Year.
  • End each year with a few good lessons and start the new one by showing that you have learnt the lessons of the past well.
  • The New Year has brought another chance for us to set things right and to open up a new chapter in our lives.
  • Unlike what most people think it is never too late to be what you wish to be.
  • Failure doesn’t influence your inner resilience, and failing simply means that you’ve discovered another false way to move your life forward. Profit from it.
  • At precisely the moment you feel like giving up, victory is always within reach. Remember this moving into the New Year.
  • We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.

New Year Wishes

The New Year is the perfect occasion to appreciate all the good things that the past year has given you and all the good things that are yet to come. In the past 365 days you have experienced beautiful moments that wouldn’t have been quite the same without all of the special people in your life. Convey your warmest wishes and show your friends and family you put some extra thought into wishing them the happiest of New Years with the perfect sentiment. Cheers to successes. Cheers to failures. And cheers to those that helped you make your year what it was.

New Year Wishes to Friends

Add a personal touch to your New Year wishes to friends. It’s important to make sure you let those nearest and dearest to your heart know just how much you cherish their friendship whether old or new. These wishes also make perfect additions to your New Year’s party invitations.

  • Knowing you has been a master class in true friendship. During the New Year, I hope to emulate your love and warmth. Wishing you a very Happy New Year.
  • Another year of success and happiness has passed. With every new year comes greater challenges and obstacles in life. I wish you courage, hope and faith to overcome all of the hurdles you may face. May you have a great year and a wonderful time ahead.

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Happy New Year in Chinese: The Many Ways of Wishing Your This is why in English letters the phrase is often written as 'Kung Hei Fat Choi'.

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