Chinese New Year Greetings

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2014 will take place from January 31 to February 14.  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 Horse

马上有钱

马年大吉

马到成功

Mǎshàng yǒu qián

Mǎ nián dàjí

Mǎdàochénggōng

Get wealthy quick

Best wishes for the year of the horse

Success is on its way

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

Further Reading

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Questions and Answers About Chinese New Year Greetings

N/A 2013-02-19
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How do you say, '''' Wish you wealth'''' in mandarin?

Hi It is Zhu Nin Fa Da Cai 祝您发大财  in mandarin.

Whitney Liao replied on 2013-02-19
cathyzhou 2012-06-21
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happy new year, happy new year
Drtad 2012-01-20
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How do you say Lucky Dragon
Dear Drtad, People say "Lucky Dragon" like "Long Nian Da Ji" in Chinese, which means best luck in the year of dragon. Hope it helps. Candice Song replied on 2012-01-21
lucia 2011-07-07
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what did they wear in chapanese new year?
Peopel wear very normal in the Chinese New Year, but most childern will wear new clothes. guest replied on 2011-07-07
guest 2011-02-02
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btw, you have the pronunciation backwards for: "nee" and "neen". should be: 祝您… = joo neen = for addressing those older while 祝你… = joo nee = for addressing those younger than you
Dear Customer Thanks for your support! We will correct it in this week. Nero Hou replied on 2011-02-08
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