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Chinese New Year Greetings — Lucky Phrases and Meanings

Happy Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year 2017 will take place from January 28 to February 11.  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……

Zhu nín... (/joo neen/)

Wish you (older/respected) ...

祝你……

Zhu nǐ ... (/joo nee/)

Wish you (younger/informal) ...

The Most Popular Greetings for Rooster Year 2017

鸡年吉祥

nián jíxiáng

Good luck for this Rooster year

鸡年大吉

nián 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

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 tímíng

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

Interesting Greeting

恭喜发财,红包拿来

Gōngxǐ fācái, hóngbāo ná lái

Wishing you happiness and prosperity; give me a red envelope.

Use this to greet someone if you're expecting lucky money. Only say this to close friends and relations. Don't say it to strangers or in a formal setting, to avoid looking presumptuous or ridiculous.

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