How can I wish someone a Happy Chinese New Year?

“Gong xi fa cai” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Mandarin. It directly translates to “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” In Cantonese, the same greeting is “Gong hei fat choy” .

Listen how to say “Gong xi fa cai 恭喜发财” in Mandarin below.

There are a few other ways to wish someone a Happy Chinese New Year.

In Mandarin, “Happy Chinese New Year” is “xin nian kuai le” , which is a formal greeting typically used for strangers and means “New Year happiness.” A shortened version is “xin nian hao”  is more often used for friends and family. “Guo nian hao” is also used as a New Year greeting and means “pass the New Year well.”

Listen how to say “xin nian kuai le 新年快乐 Happy Chinese New Year” in Mandarin below.

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Visual guide to the year of ox:

More about Chinese New Year

Year of the Ox

2021 is the Year of the Ox. The ox is the second sign in the 12-year cycle of animals that makes up the Chinese zodiac. Each year is associated with one of five elements in addition to its sign. This is the year of the metal ox.

Chinese astrologers consider people born in ox years as faithful and trustworthy. They can exhibit leadership qualities and have a tendency to be stubborn and judgmental. They also like routine and their determination makes them tireless workers.

In Chinese folklore, people can face some bad luck in the year of their sign. For the superstitious ox in 2021, this may involve career, money and health.

The ox is cautious, a good trait that can help avoid misfortune. This year, take breaks from work and watch your blood pressure.

Chinese Zodiac

Each person’s zodiac sign is decided by their birth year. Traditionally, Chinese people believe that each zodiac sign has fated personality traits and each different zodiac year has a lot to do with personal horoscopes.

Find your Chinese Chinese Animal Zodiac Sign with the calculator in the below link. You can use it to find out about your Chinese zodiac sign and discover your horoscope for 2021.

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