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Chinese New Year


A very common Chinese New Year greeting in Mandarin is Xīnnián hǎo (新年好), which directly translates as ‘New Year Goodness’.

Chinese New Year Activities

Chinese people celebrate the new year on the second new moon following the Winter Solstice. They have many traditions to follow during the Spring Festival. (Yes, even in the dead of winter, they still call it Spring Festival). Probably the most important tradition is eating. There are many different foods that are eaten during Spring Festival. Spring festival ends on the full moon, and they call it Lantern Festival.

This year Spring Festival falls on Saturday January 25th. There will be a couple different events happening in the Portland area, but the one to be at is at the Convention Center. To get more details and $3 off the admission price, just follow this link.

Here are some common greetings you might hear during Spring Festival

Audio Chinese Pinyin English
恭喜发财!Gōng xǐ fā cái! Hope you get rich!
新年快乐!Xīn nián kuài lè! Happy New Year!
春节快乐!Chūn jié kuài lè! Happy Spring Festival!
年年有鱼!Nián nián yǒu yú! May we have fish every year!
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