How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese in 2022: Mandarin and Cantonese

How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese in 2022: Mandarin and Cantonese

By CindyUpdated Sep. 23, 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 1, 2022) up to the 15th day of the Chinese New Year(Feb 15, 2022).

As 2022 is a year of the Tiger, we've also prepared popular greetings with Tiger symbolism to help you wish a happy New Year to your friends.

3 Ways to Say "Happy New Year" in Chinese and Cantonese

新年快乐 - New Year happiness

  • In Mandarin: xīnnián kuàilè /sshin-nyen kwhy-ler/

  • In Cantonese: /sen-nin feye-lor/

In Mandarin, "Happy New Year" is “Xīnnián kuàilè” (新年快乐), literally meaning ’New Year happiness’. “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 - New Year goodness

  • In Mandarin: xīnnián hǎo /sshin-nyen haoww/

  • In Cantonese: /sen-nin haow/

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

过年好 - Pass the New Year well

  • In Mandarin: guònián hǎo /gwor-nyen haoww/

  • In Cantonese: /gwor-nin haow/

“Guò nián hǎo"(过年好) means "Happy Chinese New Year or 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 Greeting Phrases

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). 

1. 新年好 - Happy Chinese New Year 

  • In Mandarin: xīnnián hǎo /sshin-nyen haoww/

  • In Cantonese: /sen-nin haow/

2. 恭喜发财 - Happiness and prosperity

  • In Mandarin: gōngxǐ fācái /gong-sshee faa-tseye/

  • In Cantonese: Kunghei fatchoy /gong-hey faa-chwhy/

3. 步步高升 - Step-by-step high promotion (Promoting to a higher position)

  • In Mandarin: bùbù gāoshēng /boo-boo gaoww-shnng/

  • In Cantonese: /boh-boh goh-sshin/

4 of the Most Popular Chinese New Year Greeting Sentences

What about wishing someone a happy Chinese New Year with a longer sentence? Here we've gathered together some popular sentences that are often used during the Chinese New Year period. You can use them to greet people or write them in your New Year's cards/emails/texts/messages...

1. 祝你新年快乐,大吉大利,万事如意!

Zhùnǐxīnniánkuàilè, dàjídàlì, wànshìrúyì!

Wishing you a happy new year, good luck, and all the best!

2. 祝你新春快乐,阖家幸福,吉祥如意!

Zhùnǐxīnchūnkuàilè, héjiāxìngfú, jíxiángrúyì!

Wishing you a happy Chinese New Year, a happy family, and good luck!

3. 祝你心想事成,财源广进,事业兴旺!

Zhùnǐxīnxiǎngshìchéng, cáiyuánguǎngjìn, shìyèxīngwàng! 

May all your wishes come true, money and treasures flow in, and your career flourish!

4. 祝你新年快乐,身体健康,家庭幸福,工作顺利!

Zhùnǐxīnniánkuàilè, shēntǐjiànkāng, jiātíngxìngfú, gōngzuòshùnlì!

Wishing you a happy new year, good health, a happy family, and smooth work!

How to Wish Someone Happy Chinese New Year 2022

As 2022 will be a year of the Tiger, you could wish your friends a Happy Tiger Year with the below lucky phrases!

1. 虎虎生威 - To prosper with fury like a tiger

  • In Mandarin: hǔhǔ shēngwēi /hoo-hoo shnng-way/ 
  • In Cantonese: fu fu sang wei

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.

2. 虎年大吉 - Wishing you luck in the year of the Tiger

  • In Mandarin: hǔnián dàjí /hoo-nyen daa-jee/
  • In Cantonese: fu nin dai gat

3. 虎气冲天 - Wishing you the "Chi" of being great reaches up to heaven

  • In Mandarin: hǔqì chōngtiān /hoo-chee chong-tyen/
  • In Cantonese: fu hei cung tin

4. 龙腾虎跃 - Dragon soaring and Tiger leaping (Wish you prosperous and thriving in a new year)

  • In Mandarin: lóng téng hǔ yuè //long tnng hoo yhwere//
  • In Cantonese: lung tang fu joek

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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