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 2018 and 2019

Greetings for 2018 Year of the Dog
狗年吉祥  gǒunián jíxiáng - Good luck for the year of Dog
狗年大吉  gǒunián dàjí - Lots of good luck for this Dog year
狗年旺旺旺  gǒunián wàngwàngwàng - Lots of prosperity in the Dog year
Greetings for 2019 Year of the Pig
猪年吉祥  zhūnián jíxiáng - Good luck for the year of Pig
猪年大吉  zhūnián dàjí - Lots of luck for the year of Pig

Wish Someone a Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese

新年好  xīnnián hǎo - Happy New Year
过年好  guònián hǎo -Happy New Year
新年快乐  xīnnián kuàilè - Happy New Year
新春快乐  xīnchūn kuàilè - Happy 'New Spring'
春节快乐  chūnjié kuàilè - Happy Spring Festival
恭贺新禧  gōng hè xīn xǐ - Best wishes for the year to come!

Greetings and Sayings for Good Luck

吉祥如意  jíxiáng rúyì - Good luck and happiness as you wish.
心想事成  xīnxiǎng shì chéng - May all your wishes come true.
万事如意  wànshì rúyì - May all your wishes be fulfilled.
吉星高照  jíxīng gāozhào - Fortune will smile on you.
大吉大利 dàjí dàlì - Lots of luck and profits
一帆风顺  yīfān fēngshùn - Hope everything goes well.

Greetings and Sayings for Health

身体健康  shēntǐ jiànkāng - Enjoy good health.
健康长寿  jiànkāng chángshòu - Wish a good health and longevity. 
多福多寿  duōfú duōshòu - Live long and proper.
龙马精神  lóng mǎ jīngshén – Wish you as energetic as dragon and horse!
笑口常开  xiàokǒu chángkāi - Wish someone will be always laughing or happy.
岁岁平安  suìsuì píng ān - Wish peach year after year.

Greetings and Sayings for the Family

阖家欢乐  héjiā huānlè - Felicity of the whole family
阖家幸福  héjiā xìngfú - Happiness for the whole family
全家幸福  quánjiā xìngfú - Happiness for the whole family
幸福美满  xìngfú měimǎn - Wish a happy and sweet life.

Greetings for Business and Wealth

恭喜发财  gōngxǐ fācái - Wishing you make a lot of money and prosperous.
财源广进  cáiyuán guǎngjìn-  Monkey opportunities to broaden. 
财源滚滚  cáiyuán gǔngǔn – Money luck to roll in.
财运亨通  cáiyùn hēngtōng - May many fortunes find their way to you!
年年有余  niánnián yǒuyú - Surplus year-after-year
生意兴隆  shēngyì xīnglóng - Prosperous business
事业发达  shìyè fādá – Wish you a good career.
事业兴旺  shìyè xīngwàng - Wish your business prosperous.

Greetings for Work

工作顺利  gōngzuò shùnlì - May your work go smoothly.
事业有成  shìyè yǒuchéng – Success for your career
马到成功  mǎ dào chénggōng- Win success immediately.
平步青云  píngbù qīngyún - Have a meteoric rise or a promotion in career.
步步高升  bùbù gāoshēng - Promotions at every step
升官发财  shēngguān fācái- Win promotion and get rich.
飞黄腾达  fēihuáng téngdá - Have a meteoric rise in career!

Greetings and Sayings for Students

学业有成  xuéyè yǒuchéng- successful in study or have achievements in learning
学习进步  xuéxí jìnbù - make progress in study
金榜题名  jīnbǎng tímíng - Success in the important examination 

Interesting Greeting

恭喜发财,红包拿来  Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo ná lái - Wish you a fortune!Give me a red packet!(You can only say this to your close friends.)