3 popular New Year Greetings in Chinese

It is almost the Year of the Tiger! In this article, you will learn 3 popular New Year Greetings in Chinese, including their meaning and pronunciation.

How to say Happy New Year in Chinese?

The Chinese translation of “Happy New Year” is 新年快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè). Xīn is “new”, nián is “year”, and kuàilè means “happy”. However, be aware that xīnnián kuàilè is mostly used for the Western New Year. During Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival, you use different new year greetings.

新年快乐 (xīnnián kuàilè) – Happy (Western) New Year

New Year Greetings in Chinese for the Lunar New Year

Guònián hǎo

The most popular greeting during the Lunar Festival is 过年好 (guònián hǎo). Guò means “pass”. So literally, guònián hǎo means: “pass the year well”.

过年好 (guònián hǎo) – Happy Spring Festival (literally “pass the year well”)

Chūnjié kuàilè

You can also wish someone a happy Spring Festival using: 春节快乐 (chūnjié kuàilè). Chūnjié means “spring festival”, and kuàilè means “happy”.

春节快乐 (chūnjié kuàilè) – Happy Spring Festival
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Last update: January 26, 2022