Chinese New Year Greetings
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 nǐ. For example:
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
Mǎshàng yǒu qián
Mǎ nián dàjí
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
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
Greetings and Sayings for Health
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)
Greetings and Sayings at Work and for Business
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)
Greetings and Sayings for Students
Xuéyè yǒu chéng
Jīn bǎng tí míng
Progress in studies
Success in the examination (for those taking an important examination, including students.
Greetings and Sayings for the Family
Hé jiā huānlè
Felicity of the whole family
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