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Say Happy New Year in Mandarin

It’s already a customary sense of ritual to send greetings to friends and family during the holidays. Are you still worried that you can’t find a suitable blessing? Do you know any Chinese “Happy New Year greetings”? How do you say “Happy New Year” in Mandarin? Don’t worry, in today’s article, let’s share some practical Chinese greetings to express Happy New Year.

1. Introduction to Spring Festival

First, let’s learn about the Chinese Lunar New Year. Chinese New Year is consequential. It is perhaps the biggest and most significant Chinese celebration. As people around the world watch the Lunar New Year, you will find major celebrations with fireworks, parades, and celebrations in almost every major city.

New Year Wishes
New Year wishes

The Spring Festival, the Lunar New Year, is the beginning of a year and the traditional “New Year’s Day”. In ancient times, people began to have a “busy year” from the La Worship or the kitchen sacrifice on the 23rd and 24th of the twelfth lunar month. During this era, the New Year didn’t end until the 19th of the first month. However, In modern times, people set the Spring Festival on the first day of the first lunar month, but it usually doesn’t end until the 15th lunar month (Lantern Festival). Spring Festival is a happy and peaceful festival, a gathering day for friends and relatives. It is a celebration that deepens the bonds and nurtures the feelings of people for relatives and friends.

The Chinese Lunar New Year actually runs for 15 consecutive days and ends with the Lantern Festival. Preparations should be held several weeks in advance to ensure that the new year is full of luck and prosperity. Lunar New Year is a time for families to reunite, share rich food, and set the rhythm for the new year.

2. Happy New Year in Mandarin

Chinese people have many ways to say Happy New Year.

There’s a central difference between the Chinese New year and the one from the west. New Year’s Eve celebrations in the West are often short. They merely serve as a short burst of improvement in one’s determination. However, The main goal of the Chinese New Year tradition is to usher inauspiciousness and prosperity in the new year.

3. Good Wishes in Chinese

Here are some simple ways to express your good wishes:

3.1 Wish you prosperity and wealth! (恭喜发财)

Pronounced as “Gongzee Fah Tsai”, Gongxi means “congratulations” and is also a way to wish a happy life. The expression deems to wish to get rich or make money. In essence, you hope to have a happy and prosperous new year. Business owners and colleagues use Chinese-style “Happy New Year” as the usual way.

3.2 Happy New Year! (恭喜发财)

Pronounced as “sheen neean kwailuh”, “快乐kuài lè” means “happy” or “joyful”, and “新年 xīn nián” means “new year”. “新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè” is a good way to say “Happy New Year” to friends in Chinese.

3.3 How to say Happy New Year in Cantonese

Cantonese Lunar New Year greetings are slightly different from ordinary greetings, but in fact, they are both written in the same way.

“Gong hey Fat” in Cantonese is equivalent to getting rich in public office in Mandarin, or just “congratulations and prosperity”.

For examples:




zuk1 nei5 cyun4 gaa1 ceon1 zit3 jyu4 faai3! maan6 si6 jyu4 ji3!

I wish you success and smooth sailing in your career!


gung1 zuk1 hap6 fu2 on1 hong1, zeng1 san1 song2 lei6!

I wish you a well-being and refreshing spirit!


zuk1 nei5 si6 jip6 seng4 gung1 , jat1 faan4 fung1 seon6 !

If you have Chinese friends living around you, you can try to share your greetings – say happy New Year in Mandarin with them, whether by speaking or writing. Finally, I wish you all a Happy New Year! Year of the Tiger!

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