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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year the most important festival for Chinese. Like Christmas and Thanksgiving in the US, people often return to their home towns to celebrate.

How to say “Happy New Year”

The date of Chinese New Year is determined by the lunar calendar. This year the Lunar New Year is on Feb 8. If you meet your Chinese friends at this time you can wish them a Happy New Year in Mandarin.

Xīn nián kuài lè
Happy New Year

  • 新年(Xīn nián) = “New Year”
  • 快乐(kuài lè) = “Happy”

What else to say?

There are many traditional greetings that people exchange before, during and after New Years. The following is one of the more popular.

Gōng xǐ fā cái
May you have a prosperous New Year

  • 恭喜(Gōng xǐ) = “Congratulations”
  • 发财(fā cái) = “Get rich”


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