Chinese New Year Greetings

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2015 will take place from February 19 to March 5.  During the Lunar New Year period Chinese people greet one another with unique sayings when they meet, where ordinarily they would not greet people with whom they do not have a personal relationship.

The following are some words and phrases that are used as greetings at Chinese New Year (with their Chinese characters, pinyin Romanization for Mandarin Chinese, and English translation).

Beginnings of Greetings and Sayings

Greeting an older (or respected) person is a little different in Chinese: nín for 'you', instead of the common . For example:

祝您……

祝你……

Zhu nín... (/joo neen/)

Zhu nǐ ... (/joo nee/)

Wish you (older/respected) ...

Wish you (younger/informal) ...

The Most Popular Greetings for the Year of Goat 2015

住洋楼、喝洋酒

阳光灿烂

喜洋洋

Zhù yǎng lǒu, Hē yǎng jiǔ

Yǎng guāng càn làn

Xí yǎng yǎng

The best wines and villa

Sunshine around you

Happiness

祝羊年,

做人羊眉吐气,

生意羊羊得意,

前程羊关大道,

烦恼羊长而去。

羊年发羊财,

天天喜气羊羊!

Zhù yáng nián,

zuòrén yáng méi tǔqì,

shēngyì yáng yáng déyì,

qiánchéng yáng guān dàdào,

fánnǎo yáng cháng ér qù.

Yáng nián fā yáng cái,

tiāntiān xǐqì yáng yáng!

/joo yang nyen

dzwor-rnn yang may too-chee

shnng-ee yang yang der-ee

chyen-chnng yang gwann daa-daou

fan-naou yang chung ur chyoo

yang nyen faa yang tseye

tyen-tyen sshee-chee yang yang/

‘Wishing (you a) goat year,

(in) life goat eyebrows (and) snorting,

(in) business goat self-satisfied,

(in) career goat pass wide road,

and (may) worries goat (be) always far away.

(This) goat year make (a) goat fortune,

Every day (a) cheerful goat!’

In this year of the goat, may you

be proud and exalted in life,

revel in your business success,

have a smooth career path,

and be free from worries.

May you become rich,

and be happy every day!

羊年到,祝三羊开泰,喜气羊羊。
Yáng nián dào, zhù sān yáng kāi tài, xǐqì yáng yáng.
/yang nyen daou, joo san yang keye tie, sshee-chee yang yang/
‘Goat year is here, wishing three goats bring peace/greatness, joyful every goat.’
As the year of the goat arrives, I wish you peace, luck, and joy.

祝你羊年财源滚滚,生意兴隆,工作顺利。
Zhù nǐ yáng nián cáiyuán gǔngǔn, shēngyì xīnglóng, gōngzuò shùnlì.
/joo nee yang nyen tseye-ywen gwn-gwn, shnng-ee sshing-long, gong-dzwor shwn-lee/
‘Wishing you goat year profits pouring in, business prosperous, work smooth.’
Wishing you a goat year with profits pouring in, prosperity in business, and hassle-free work.

Common Greetings and Sayings for the Chinese New Year

新年快乐

过年好 

新年进步

恭喜发财


财源广进

年年有余

吉星高照

吉祥如意

Xīnnián kuàilè!

Guònián hǎo

Xīnnián jìnbù

Gōngxǐ fācái


Cáiyuán guǎng jìn

Niánnián yǒu yú nǐ

Jí xīng gāo zhào

jí xiáng rú yì

Happy New Year

Happy New Year

New Year's progress

Happiness and prosperity (use this when receiving gifts

or lucky money during Chinese New Year)

'Enter broadly wealth's source'

Surplus year-after-year

Fortune will smile on you ('lucky star high shines')

Good fortune according to your wishes

Greetings and Sayings for Health

龙马精神

身体健康

精灵活泼

Lóng mǎ jīngshén

Shēntǐ jiànkāng

Jīnglíng huópō

The spirit of the dragon and horse

Enjoy good health

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

生意兴隆

万事如意

工作顺利

事业有成

平步青云

马到成功

Shēngyì xīnglóng

Wàn shì rú yì

Gōngzuò shùnlì

Shìyè yǒu chéng

Píng bù qīngyún

Mǎ dào chéng gōng

Prosperous business

May everything go as planned

May your work go smoothly

Success in your career

Have a meteoric rise (usually to wish for promotions)

Instant success ('horse to success' — usually success in an examination, presentation, negotiation, or competition)

Greetings and Sayings for Students

学业有成

学习进步

金榜题名

Xuéyè yǒu chéng

Xuéxí jìnbù

Jīn bǎng tí míng

Prosperous business

Progress in studies

Success in the examination (for those taking an important examination, including students.

Greetings and Sayings for the Family

阖家欢乐

Hé jiā huānlè

Felicity of the whole family

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