How To Say Happy New Year in Chinese
2017 Lunar Year is the Chinese New year, which is celebrated at the end of January every year. Every year is named on some animal. You must have question in mind that which Chinese new year is it?. Don’t worry we’ll tell you, this time its the “year of Rooster”. And it will be celebrated on January 28, 2017. In modern days, the new year is called “Spring Festival” (simplified Chinese 春节; traditional Chinese 春節; Pinyin: Chūn Jié). If you have Chinese friends and you want to greet this new year in Chinese, then we can help you out.
Here we will teach you how to wish and say happy new year in Chinese language; which words you should say to greet a Chinese men and women.
In “Simplified” Chinese Language Happy new year is 新年快乐 or Xīnnián kuàilè
In “Traditional” Chinese language the new year becomes this 新年快樂 Xīnnián kuàilè , there is not much difference between the two, so you can say any of them.
Following are the three different ways of greeting a Chinese new year.
1: 新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (XĪNNIÁN KUÀILÈ) ‘New Year happiness!’
- In Mandarin: /sshin-nyen kwhy-ler/
- In Cantonese: /sen-nin feye-lor/
2: 新年好 / 新年好 (XĪNNIÁN HǍO) ‘New Year goodness!’ (like “Good day.”)
- In Mandarin: /sshin-nyen haoww/
- In Cantonese: /sen-nin haow/
3: 过年好 / 過年好 (GUÒNIÁN HǍO) ‘Pass the New Year well!’
- In Mandarin: /gwor-nyen haoww/
- In Cantonese: /gwor-nin haow/
MOST POPULAR CHINESE NEW YEAR GREETINGS & WISHES
BEGINNINGS OF GREETINGS AND SAYINGS
If you are Greeting an older (or respected) person, then it’s a little different from greeting a younger one in Chinese: nín for ‘you’, instead of the common nǐ. For example:
祝您…… Zhu nín… (/joo neen/) Wish you (older/respected) …
祝你…… Zhu nǐ … (/joo nee/) Wish you (younger/informal) …
POPULAR GREETINGS FOR ROOSTER YEAR 2017
鸡年吉祥 Jínián jíxiáng …. Good luck for this Rooster year
鸡年大吉 Jínián dàjí …..Lots of luck for this Rooster year
COMMON GREETINGS AND SAYINGS FOR THE CHINESE NEW YEAR
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
吉祥如意 jíxiáng rúyì … Good fortune according to your wishes
年年有余 Niánnián yǒuyú … Surplus year-after-year
吉星高照 Jíxīng gāozhào …Fortune will smile on you (‘lucky star high shines’)
心想事成 Xīnxiǎng shì chéng …. May all your wishes come true.
大吉大利 Dàjí dàlì ….. Lots of luck and profits
GREETINGS AND SAYINGS FOR HEALTH
龙马精神 Lóng mǎ jīngshén … The spirit of the dragon and horse
身体健康 Shēntǐ jiànkāng Enjoy good health
精灵活泼 Jīnglíng huópō A bright and lively spirit (especially used for children under the age of 10, wishing them to be active and smart)
GREETINGS AND SAYINGS AT WORK AND FOR BUSINESS (FOR BOSSES AND COLLEAGUES)
恭喜发财 Gōngxǐ fācái Happiness and prosperity (use this when receiving gifts or lucky money)
财源广进 Cáiyuán guǎngjìn ‘Enter broadly wealth’s source’
工作顺利 Gōngzuò shùnlì May your work go smoothly
事业有成 Shìyè yǒuchéng Success in your career
平步青云 Píngbù qīngyún Have a meteoric rise (usually to wish for promotions)
马到成功 Mǎ dào chénggōng Instant success
步步高升 Bùbù gāoshēng Promotions at every step
一帆风顺 Yīfān fēngshùn May your life go smoothly.
升官发财 Shēngguān fācái Win promotion and get rich
生意兴隆 Shēngyì xīnglóng Prosperous business
GREETINGS AND SAYINGS FOR STUDENTS
学业有成 Xuéyè yǒuchéng Prosperous business
学习进步 Xuéxí jìnbù Progress in studies
金榜题名 Jīnbǎng timing Success in the examination (for those taking an important examination, including students)
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
恭喜发财，红包拿来 Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo ná lái Wishing you happiness and prosperity; give me a red envelope.