The Spring Festival has arrived. Yes, yes, we are talking about Chinese New Year 2019, the Year of the Pig. The main day is celebrated on February 5. It is China’s biggest festival that marks the beginning of the New Year as per their traditional calendar. CNY is one of the few Lunar New Year in Asia but is celebrated with much joy and fervour worldwide. It is that time of the year when one gets to witness the rich Chinese culture. Sweet greetings and blessings in Mandarin and Cantonese fill up the air. From “Kung Hei Fat Choi”, “Xīn Nián Kuài Lè”, “Gong Hei Fat Choy”, “Kiong Hee Huat Tsai” and so on are traditional Chinese greetings and phrases used to wish Happy Chinese New Year. Let us look at some of the favourite new year wishes in Chinese, along with lovely CNY WhatsApp stickers, photos and GIF images – all available for free download. How to Wish Happy New Year 2019 in Chinese? Say 新年快乐 (Xīn Nián Kuài Lè) or ‘Gung Hay Fat Choy’ & Other Greetings, Wishes and Messages in Cantonese and Mandarin.
When around 1.4 billion of earth’s total population is celebrating a festival, you can understand what a colossal and popular event it is. Chinese New Year is celebrated with a lot of excitement and joy as the festivity brings an opportunity for the family and friends to spend time together. From early morning of the main Spring Festival day, wishes, greetings and blessings are exchanged. But if you’re someone who is unfamiliar with the language but have friends and colleagues celebrating Lunar New Year, you can use this handful guide on CNY greetings, phrases and quotes in Mandarin and Cantonese. Find simple Chinese phrases along with its meanings and use accordingly. Also, do not worry about the pronunciation for your friends will appreciate your efforts and that you gave it a try to make them feel special.
How to Wish Happy Chinese New Year in Chinese?
- Xīn Nián Kuài Lè! 新年快乐 means Happy New Year! Let us break the phrase to understand better. "Xin" is 'New' and "Nian" is 'Year' while "Kuai le" stands for happiness, joy, delight, or rejoicings.
- xīn nián hǎo 新年好 means 'Have a good New Year!'
- “Gung Hay Fat Choy” means ‘Happy New Year’ in Cantonese.
- “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (pronounced Gong She Fa Tsai) literally translates to ‘wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year’ in Mandarin. It is one of the commonly used greetings on Chinese New Year.
Chinese New Year Greetings in Chinese for Colleagues and Friends
- Red is considered the luckiest colour in Chinese culture. So you may wish your close friend or a colleague by using this sweet phrase – “Hong Bao Na Lai” (紅包拿來) which is “May I have the red envelope, please!”
- In Mandarin, a person can wish “Happy Spring Festival” by saying (春节快乐) “chūn jiē kuài lè.” And if you want to wish the same in Cantonese, you can do so by writing or saying, “ceon1 zit3 faai3 lok6!”
- Cái Yuán Guǎng Jìn (财源广进) means "May wealth flow in."
- Hé Qì Shēng Cái (和气生财) means "May harmony bring wealth."
- Nián Nián Yǒu Yú (年年有餘) means "May you have abundance every year."
As you are already aware, 2019 is the Year of the Pig. Unlike the image a pig carries of itself (filthy or lazy), this animal is a symbol of wealth and fortune in Chinese culture. You will find a lot of HD images and wallpapers along with GIFs and animated WhatsApp or Hike stickers featuring adorable pigs. Their chubby cheeks and ears signify the wealth and prosperity, so do make sure to send cute photos of a pig when wishing Happy Chinese New Year.
After celebrating Spring Festival, the second day of Chinese New Year, known as “Kai Nian 开年” in Chinese, meaning the beginning of a year will be celebrated. On this day sons-in-law visit their wife's house. CNY festivities will continue till Lantern Festival, which is taking place on February 19.