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).
Greeting an older (or respected) person is a little different in Chinese: nín for 'you', instead of the common nǐ. For example:
Zhu nín... (/joo neen/)
Zhu nǐ ... (/joo nee/)
Wish you (older/respected) ...
Wish you (younger/informal) ...
Zhù yǎng lǒu, Hē yǎng jiǔ
Yǎng guāng càn làn
Xí yǎng yǎng
The best wines and villa
Sunshine around you
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!
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.
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.
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'
Fortune will smile on you ('lucky star high shines'）
Good fortune according to your wishes
Lóng mǎ jīngshén
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)
Wàn shì rú yì
Shìyè yǒu chéng
Píng bù qīngyún
Mǎ dào chéng gōng
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)
Xuéyè yǒu chéng
Jīn bǎng tí míng
Progress in studies
Success in the examination (for those taking an important examination, including students.
Hé jiā huānlè
Felicity of the whole family
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