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Chinese New Year Greetings - Lucky Phrases and Meanings

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Chinese New Year Greetings - Lucky Phrases and Meanings

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 nǐ. 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      Jínián jíxiáng                  Good luck for this Rooster year

鸡年大吉      Jínián 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


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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