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Say Happy New Year in Chinese

By January 20, 2012

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The Year of the Dragon begins on January 23rd, and with Chinese New Year celebrations kicking off around the world this weekend, why not learn how to say "happy new year" in Chinese?

The simplest of ways to show your well wishes for a prosperous new year is to say "gong xi fa cai" -- which means loosely "congratulations and prosperity."

Chinese New Year is one of the largest holidays in the world. Running for 15 days, welcoming the new year is less about resolutions and more about drawing good luck and prosperity. A long list of Chinese New Year traditions have been observed for centuries.

Another easy way to say happy new year in Chinese is with "xin nian kuai le" which is simply "happy or joyous new year." Unsurprisingly, there are many ways to wish others well during the holiday, why not surprise a Chinese friend in the days to come?

  • Impress your cohorts, make new friends, or simply expand your cultural inclinations by learning the right way to say happy new year in Chinese before the Year of the Dragon begins next Tuesday!
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