20+ Ways to Say Happy New Year in Chinese: Greetings & Wishes

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Want to wish your friends a happy new year in Chinese?

From learning how to say hello in Chinese to some Chinese expressions, learning how to give season greetings is a fun way to gain some fluency! There are many ways to wish someone a happy lunar new year in Chinese, the most common one being Xīnnián hǎo (新年好) meaning “New years goodness” or xīnnián kuàilè (新年快乐) which means the same, except with happy in Chinese, so “Happy new years.

In this article, we will discuss all the ways you can say “Happy new year” in Chinese!

Ways to Say Happy New Year in Chinese

Here is a list of 10 ways to say “Happy new years” in Chinese!

Happy Chinese New Year – 新年快乐 (xīn nián kuài lè)

Traditional Chinese: 新年快樂

As mentioned, this is the most common greeting used during the Chinese new year. Let’s break it down, 快乐 or kuài lè means “Happy” and 新年 or xīn nián means “New Year”.

Good new year – 新年好 (xīn nián hǎo)

Traditional Chinese: 新年好

A simplified version of “Happy new years”. 你好 or nǐ hǎo means “you good” which is similar to saying “Hi”. Whereas it means “good new year” it can be used as a greeting.

Happiness and Prosperity – 恭喜发财 (gōngxǐ fācái)

Traditional Chinese: 恭喜發財

Or “Wish You Prosperity and Good Fortune”. This is a way to wish someone well when entering the new year!

Happy New Year – 恭贺新禧 (gōnghè xīnxǐ)

Traditional Chinese: 恭賀新禧

恭贺 or gōnghè is a formal (but still usable in casual conversation) way to say “To congratulate”, 新 or xīn and 禧 or means “new” or “new year” and “happiness”, respectively.

Surplus/Abundance Every year – 年年有余 (nián nián yǒuyú)

Traditional Chinese: 年年有餘

This phrase is the reason why Chinese eat fish at new years! 余 or which means “Abundance” sounds similar to 鱼 or which means “Fish”. 年年 or nián nián means “year after year”. You wish someone a surplus, enough to spare.

May All Your Wishes Come True – 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng)

Traditional Chinese: 心想事成

You wish that someone’s dreams will come true in the new year!

Good Luck & Big Profits – 大吉大利 (dà jí dà lì)

Traditional Chinese: 大吉大利

A nice way to say good luck in Chinese! People in the business industry will especially appreciate this one!

Best Wishes – 万事如意 (wàn shì rú yì)

Traditional Chinese: 萬事如意

It could also mean “I hope everything goes well” or “I wish you all well”. 万 or wàn means “ten thousand”, but in this context, it means “everything”, 事 or shì means “matter”, as in what you do matters, hopefully, it’s good! and finally, 如意 or rúyì means “how you want it”.

Promotions at Every Step – 步步高升 (bù bù gāo shēng)

Traditional Chinese: 步步高升

You wish someone prosperity at their job!

May Wealth Roll In – 财源滚滚 (cái yuán gǔn gǔn)

Traditional Chinese: 財源滾滾

A great greeting for colleagues or entrepreneurs!

Bonus Ways to Say Happy New Year in Chinese

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Here are 7 additional ways to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese!

Good health – 身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kāng)

Traditional Chinese: 身體健康

The best hope you can have for someone is good health! You wish someone would stay in good health in the new year. No ailments allowed!

Good luck – 开市大吉 (kāi shì dà jí)

Traditional Chinese: 開市大吉

You wish someone good luck for the new year.

May you have both blessing and long life – 福寿双全 (fú shòu shuāng quán)

Traditional Chinese: 福壽雙全

A bit of a combination of the two previous greetings.

May you have peace at every age – 岁岁平安 (sùi sùi píng ān)

Traditional Chinese: 歲歲平安

As the years go by, our biggest hope is that we age gracefully and remain at peace during each year.

May the five blessings come to you – 五福临门 (wǔ fú lín mén)

Traditional Chinese: 五福臨門

The five blessings are health, virtue, a natural death, longevity, and wealth.

Good luck/Fortune and prosperity are in sight – 好运旺旺来 (hǎo yùn wàng wàng lái)

Traditional Chinese: 好運旺旺來

More related to Taiwanese. 旺來 or wàng lái means “pineapple” and is a symbol for good things overall. As such, Taiwanese will buy pineapples during New years. 旺 or wàng can be used to describe a fire that is burning well or mean fortune and prosperity are in sight!

New year, new weather – 新年新气象 (xīn nián xīn qì xiàng)

Traditional Chinese: 新年新氣象

Like the English phrase ”New year, new me”, a fresh start!

Happy New Year in the Chinese Rabbit Year

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The 22nd of January in the year 2023 marks the Chinese new year of the rabbit! Here are some rabbit-specific greetings that you can use:

Great luck in the Year of the Rabbit – 兔年行大运 (tù nián xíng dà yùn)

Traditional Chinese: 兔年行大運

May the year of the rabbit bring you endless luck!

Raised eyebrows (Triumph)- 扬眉兔气 (yáng méi tù qì)

Traditional Chinese: 揚眉兔氣

This phrase does not translate well in English, but it is the “lucky phrase” of the year of the rabbit. It goes to show how people show their triumph after a period of bad luck.

Jade Rabbit Welcomes Spring – 玉兔迎春 (yù tù yíng chūn)

Traditional Chinese: 玉兔迎春

“Jade rabbit” is a nice and festive way to refer to the new year’s zodiac animal (similar to how the Bull is the “golden bull”. Spring is a symbol of a brand new start after the dead and cold winter season— Afterall, that is what the new year is about too!

The former rabbit is like a brocade – 前兔似錦 (qián tù sì jǐn)

Traditional Chinese: 前兔似錦

前途 or qiántú means the “path to your future”. This phrase is actually a pun: It suggests that your future is like a fine brocade (a fine patterned, woven fabric) and you wish someone a great path in the year of the rabbit.

What is Chinese New Year? What are the Chinese Zodiac Signs?

Chinese New Year, hūnjié (春节), or Spring Festival is a festival celebrating the dawn of a new year, or the changing of seasons and represents a brand new start. Chinese zodiac or shengxiao is represented by 12 animals, namely; Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog, and Pig. The zodiac cycle is thus 12 years, each year representing one of these zodiac animals.

Your zodiac sign is determined by your year of birth. It is said that your personality, horoscope, personality, and relationship/love compatibility are closely linked to your zodiac animal and its characteristics!

FAQs for Happy New Year in Chinese

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How to respond to “Happy Chinese New Year”?

You can simply say Thank you. Happy new year to you too谢谢, 也祝你新年快乐 (Xièxiè, Yě zhù nǐ xīnnián kuàilè)

How do you say Happy New Year formally?

A simple way to say “Happy new year” in Chinese is the phrase xīnnián kuàilè (新年快乐) or “Happy Chinese New Year” as it is considered formal. If you are unsure, you can just stick to this phrase! Other formal greetings from this list include “May you have both blessing and long life” or fú shòu shuāng quán (福寿双全) and “Promotions at Every Step” or bùbù gāoshēng (步步高升, Works great for colleagues!)

再見,新年快樂! (Zàijiàn, xīnnián kuàilè! / Goodbye and happy new year!)

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