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How to Say Happy Chinese New Year in Mandarin and Cantonese

The biggest celebration of Chinese culture is just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to equip yourself with Mandarin and Cantonese to impress and teach your friends and family.

Many celebrate this special time of year by throwing paper lanterns into the sky and Chinese people usually take time off from work to celebrate the holiday as it should be.

The new year zodiac animal will be a tiger, the animal cycle is based on an old folk tale called the Great Race.

Read more: When is Chinese New Year 2022 and what animal is it?

Here’s how you can wish your loved ones a Happy Chinese New Year in Mandarin and Cantonese.

How to Say Happy Chinese New Year in Mandarin and Cantonese


Xīnnián hǎo (新年好)

Literally meaning New Year’s goodness or Happy New Year.

Another way to say Happy Chinese New Year is Xīnnián kuàilè (新年快乐), which literally means New Year’s happiness. It is a formal greeting usually used for foreigners.


Gong hei fat choy (恭喜发财)

This is an extremely versatile Chinese New Year greeting, it can be said as you would say Happy New Year to people. Its direct translation wishes you happiness and prosperity.

When is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year, which is calculated according to the lunar calendar where the moon falls on Tuesday, February 1, 2022.

The celebrations usually last around 16 days, starting today on Chinese New Year’s Eve until February 15.

In the UK we use the Gregorian calendar to calculate the new year, which is based on tracking the sun.

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