How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese in 2021: Mandarin and Cantonese
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How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese in 2021: Mandarin and Cantonese

By CindyUpdated Mar. 18, 2021

On this page, we've got the top ways to say "Happy New Year" in Chinese and Cantonese which you will use during the Chinese New Year period, which is from Chinese New Year's day (Feb 12, 2021) up to the 15th day of the Chinese New Year(Feb 26, 2021).

Usually, you only have to greet people like this the first time you see them in the new Chinese calendar year, and after that you can return to normal Chinese greetings (e.g. Nihǎo). 

3 Ways to Say "Happy New Year" in Chinese

新年快乐 / 新年快樂 (Xīnnián kuàilè)

'New Year happiness!'

“Xīnnián kuàilè” (新年快乐) means ’Happy New Year’. “Xīnnián kuàilè” is a great way to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese. It is a formal greeting typically used for strangers.

新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo)

'New Year goodness!' (like "Good day.")

A shortened version is “Xīnnián hǎo” (新年好), which is more often used for friends and family.

过年好 / 過年好 (Guònián hǎo)

'Pass the New Year well!'

“Guò nián hǎo"(过年好) means "Happy Lunar New Year". It is a traditional and informal way to greet people during the Chinese New Year period. 

3 Most Popular Chinese New Year Greetings

Learn Chinese New Year Greetings

1. 新年好 / 新年好 (Xīnnián hǎo)

'New Year goodness!'

2. 恭喜发财 / 恭喜發財 (Gōngxǐ fācái)

'Happiness and prosperity!'

3. 步步高升 / 步步高陞 (Bùbù gāoshēng)

'step-by-step high promotion' — A steady rise to high places! — "on the up and up"

How Do You Respond to "Happy Chinese 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 wish you the same.

Click to find out more Chinese New Year greetings.

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