How To Send Happy Chinese New Year Greetings – Lucky Words and Sayings

One of the biggest Chinese Holiday – Lunar New Year is just around the corner. 

On The Lunar Year’s eve, people start greeting their families, relatives and friends via text, sending them lucky words blessings and Happy New Year wishes. Later during the day time, they will exchange Chinese New Year greetings face to face when visiting each other.

The act of greeting and blessing during Chinese New Year is called 拜年 (bài nián), which literally means to pay a visit for the New Years. You must visit the eldest (seniors from the husband’s side) in the family first.

In this article, we’re going to teach you some classic and popular greetings for Chinese New Year, you’ve come to the right place!

How to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese

新年好!(xīn nián hǎo)
Have a good New Year!

新年快乐!(xīn nián kuài lè)
Have a Happy New Year!

过年好!(guò nián hǎo)
Good New Year!

All this three phrases work well and are widely accepted. 

Generally, you can add beginnings before New Year greetings:

祝你…… (zhù nǐ)
Wish you… (for the same or younger generations)

祝您…… (zhù nín)
Wish you… (for elder or respected people)

If the person is older than you, someone in your family or someone with authority, you must address them with their position or title. If they are your peer generation, you can add their names.

Family member:

“奶奶,祝您新年快乐!” (nǎi nǎi,zhù nín xīn nián kuài lè!)
“Grandma, wish you Happy New Year!”


“小南,祝你新年快乐!!” (xiǎo nán, zhù nǐ xīn nián kuài lè!)
“Nan, wish you Happy New Year!”

Chinese New Year Greetings for the Year of the Rat

鼠年吉祥 (Shǔ nián jí xiáng)
Wish you Rat year lucky.

鼠年如意 (Shǔ nián rú yì)
May the year of Rat go well.

鼠年行大运 (Shǔ nián xíng dà yùn)
May the year of Rat be of great luck.

7 Ways to Wish People Wealth and Prosperity in the New Year

恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái)
Wish you wealth and prosperity.

财源广进 (cái yuán guǎng jìn)
May wealth flow in.

財源滾滾 (cái yuán gǔn gǔn)
May wealth come pouring in.

招財進寶 (zhāo cái jìn bǎo)
May you find wealth and treasures.

大吉大利 (dà jí dà lì)
May you have great luck and great profit.

年年有餘 (nián nián yǒu yú)
May you have abundance every year.

金玉滿堂 (jīn yù mǎn táng)
May your gold and jade fill the halls.

3 Chinese New Year Greetings for Family Wellbeing

阖家欢乐 (hé jiā huān lè)
Joy and fun for the whole family

阖家幸福 (hé jiā xìng fú)
Happiness for the whole family

阖家安康 (hé jiā ān kāng)
Wish family well-being

Wishing People Success at Work

工作顺利 (Gōngzuò shùnlì)
May your work go smoothly

事业有成 (Shìyè yǒuchéng)
May your career to take off.

一帆风顺 (Yīfān fēngshùn)
May your life go smoothly.

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)
May every step take you higher.

升官发财 (Shēngguān fācái)
May you get promoted and receive a raise.

生意兴隆 (Shēngyì xīnglóng)
May your business flourish.

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