Chinese New Year Greetings Lucky Phrases and Meanings

Jan 24, 2017
 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 n?. For example:

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Zhu nín... (/joo neen/)

Wish you (older/respected) ...

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Zhu n? ... (/joo nee/)

Wish you (younger/informal) ...

The Most Popular Greetings for Rooster Year 2017

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nián jíxiáng

Good luck for this Rooster year

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nián dàjí

Lots of luck for this Rooster year

Common Greetings and Sayings for the Chinese New Year

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X?nnián h?o

Happy New Year

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Guònián h?o

Happy New Year

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X?nnián kuàilè

Happy New Year

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X?nch?n kuàilè

Happy 'New Spring'

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Ch?njié kuàilè

Happy Spring Festival

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jíxiáng rúyì

Good fortune according to your wishes

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Niánnián y?uyú

Surplus year-after-year

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Jíx?ng g?ozhào

Fortune will smile on you ('lucky star high shines')

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X?nxi?ng shì chéng

May all your wishes come true.

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Dàjí dàlì

Lots of luck and profits

Greetings and Sayings for Health

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Lóng m? j?ngshén

The spirit of the dragon and horse

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Sh?nt? jiànk?ng

Enjoy good health

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J?nglíng huóp?

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

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G?ngx? f?cái

Happiness and prosperity (use this when receiving gifts or lucky money)

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Cáiyuán gu?ngjìn

'Enter broadly wealth's source'

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G?ngzuò shùnlì

May your work go smoothly

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Shìyè y?uchéng

Success in your career

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Píngbù q?ngyún

Have a meteoric rise (usually to wish for promotions)

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M? dào chéngg?ng

Instant success

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Bùbù g?osh?ng

Promotions at every step

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Y?f?n f?ngshùn

May your life go smoothly.

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Sh?nggu?n f?cái

Win promotion and get rich

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Sh?ngyì x?nglóng

Prosperous business

Greetings and Sayings for Students

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Xuéyè y?uchéng

Prosperous business

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Xuéxí jìnbù

Progress in studies

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J?nb?ng tímíng

Success in the examination (for those taking an important examination, including students.

Greetings and Sayings for the Family

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Héji? hu?nlè

Felicity of the whole family

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Héji? xìngfú

Happiness for the whole family

Interesting Greeting

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G?ngx? f?cái, hóngb?o 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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