Chinese New Year Greetings and Sayings
When the Chinese New Year is coming, everyone is prepared to visit your relatives or friends to send New Year wishes. Or you go to a local restaurant and want to show off little. Besides “xīnnián kuàilè! (Happy New Year)”, there are many other greetings and sayings to express your great wish to others for the new year. In Chinese, most of the phrases are composed of four Chinese characters. Following are basic and most popular greetings in English and Chinese with meanings.
Two Words You Should Say before the Greeting Phrases
Greeting an older person or someone you respect is a little different in Chinese from greeting a young person younger than you.
祝您……Zhu nín... - Wish you (older or respected)...
祝你……Zhu nǐ ... - Wish you (younger or informal)...
Greetings for 2021
niú nián rú yì - Good luck for the year of Ox
niú nián dà jí - Lots of good luck for this Ox year
niú nián xíng dà yùn - Wish you good luck in the year of Ox.
Greetings for 2020
shǔnián jíxiáng - Good luck for the year of Rat
shǔnián dàjí - Lots of good luck for this Rat year
shǔ zhào fēng nián - The year of Rat forecasts a harvest year.
Wish Someone a Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese
xīnnián hǎo - Happy New Year
guònián hǎo -Happy New Year
xīnnián kuàilè - Happy New Year
xīnchūn kuàilè - Happy 'New Spring'
chūnjié kuàilè - Happy Spring Festival
gōng hè xīn xǐ - Best wishes for the year to come!
Greetings and Sayings for Good Luck
jíxiáng rúyì - Good luck and happiness as you wish.
xīnxiǎng shì chéng - May all your wishes come true.
wànshì rúyì - May all your wishes be fulfilled.
jíxīng gāozhào - Fortune will smile on you.
dàjí dàlì - Lots of luck and profits
yīfān fēngshùn - Hope everything goes well.
Greetings and Sayings for Health
shēntǐ jiànkāng - Enjoy good health.
jiànkāng chángshòu - Wish a good health and longevity.
duōfú duōshòu - Live long and proper.
lóng mǎ jīngshén – Wish you as energetic as dragon and horse!
xiàokǒu chángkāi - Wish someone will be always laughing or happy.
suìsuì píng ān - Wish peach year after year.
Greetings and Sayings for the Family
héjiā huānlè - Felicity of the whole family
héjiā xìngfú - Happiness for the whole family
quánjiā xìngfú - Happiness for the whole family
xìngfú měimǎn - Wish a happy and sweet life.
Greetings for Business and Wealth
gōngxǐ fācái - Wishing you make a lot of money and prosperous.
cáiyuán guǎngjìn- Monkey opportunities to broaden.
cáiyuán gǔngǔn – Money luck to roll in.
cáiyùn hēngtōng - May many fortunes find their way to you!
niánnián yǒuyú - Surplus year-after-year
shēngyì xīnglóng - Prosperous business
shìyè fādá – Wish you a good career.
shìyè xīngwàng - Wish your business prosperous.
Greetings for Work
gōngzuò shùnlì - May your work go smoothly.
shìyè yǒuchéng – Success for your career
mǎ dào chénggōng- Win success immediately.
píngbù qīngyún - Have a meteoric rise or a promotion in career.
bùbù gāoshēng - Promotions at every step
shēngguān fācái- Win promotion and get rich.
fēihuáng téngdá - Have a meteoric rise in career!
Greetings and Sayings for Students
xuéyè yǒuchéng- successful in study or have achievements in learning
xuéxí jìnbù - make progress in study
jīnbǎng tímíng - Success in the important examination
Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo ná lái - Wish you a fortune！Give me a red packet！(You can only say this to your close friends.)