Chinese people greet one another with lucky sayings and phrases to wish health, wealth and good fortune when they meet during the Chinese New Year.
Here are 30 most popular Chinese New Year greetings and wishes (with their Chinese characters, pinyin Romanization for Mandarin Chinese, and English translation).
These happy New Year messages, well wishes and quotes will enable you share the joy and love, either by spoken or written, during the festive period.
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/)
Wish you (older/respected) ...
Zhu nǐ ... (/joo nee/)
Wish you (younger/informal) ...
3 Fashionable Greetings for 2022 - the Year of Tiger
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.
Wishing you luck in the year of the Tiger.
Wishing you the "Chi" of being great reaches up to the heaven. No one is able to stop that.
10 Traditional Popular New Year Greetings and Sayings
Happy New Year
Happy New Year
Happy New Year
Happy 'New Spring'
Happy Spring Festival
Good fortune according to your wishes
Fortune will smile on you ('lucky star high shines')
Xīnxiǎng shì chéng
May all your wishes come true.
Lots of luck and profits
Greetings and Wishes for Health
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
Happiness and prosperity (use this when receiving gifts or lucky money)
'Enter broadly wealth's source'
May your work go smoothly
Success in your career
Have a meteoric rise (usually to wish for promotions)
Mǎ dào chénggōng
Promotions at every step
May your life go smoothly.
Win promotion and get rich
Greetings and Wishes for Students
Achieve academic excellence
Progress in studies
Success in the examination (for those taking an important examination, including students.
Greetings and Wishes for the Family
Felicity of the whole family
A harmony family leads to prosperty of all kinds.
How to Respond to "Happy New Year"?
When someone greets you with "新年快乐 (Xīnnián kuàilè, Happy New Year)", the best and simple replies are:
1. "新年快乐 (Xīnnián kuàilè)"
2. "Happy New Year to you too, thank you"
3. Thank you, and the same to you.
4. Thank you, and wish you the same.
Be aware that the nowadays a more international way of greeting - "Happy Lunar New Year" - is not a popular accepted phrase to use to your Chinese friend, who may regard it as offensive. Instead use the phrase "Happy Chinese New Year" or just simply "Happy New Year".