“Gong Xi Fa Cai! Happy Chinese New Year!” by Michael Murdock – 1.30.22


Entry Submitted by Michael Murdock at 1:27 PM EST on January 30, 2022

Happy Chinese New Year! Gong Xi Fa Cai!

The first of February marks the beginning of Lunar New Year aka Chinese New Year. If you know anyone celebrating this, make sure you remember them in this time.

What does Gong Xi Fa Cai means?

May You Be Happy and Prosperous

How do you reply to Gong Xi Fa Cai?

During the Chinese New Year, you’ll often hear families and friends greet each other by saying “Gong Xi Fa Cai” (恭禧發財), which means “May You Be Happy and Prosperous.” According to Good Characters, a fun way to respond to someone who greets you with “Gong Xi Fa Cai” is to say, “Hong Bao Na Lai” (“Red envelope please!”).

How do you wish Gong Xi Fa Cai?

Gong Xi Fa Cai! I’m wishing you all the joy of the new year’s celebration and look forward to making many more good memories in the coming New Year. On the occasion of the spring festival, I pray for you to progress in every sector of life. I hope for 2021 to rock your world with joy and achievements.

What language is Kung Hei Fat Choi?


What does Gong Hei Fat Choy?

Gong Hei Fat Choy is how Cantonese speakers wish you a happy new year—literally “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.”

4 traditional Chinese New Year greetings to learn in 2022

  1. 财源滚滚 Cái yuán gǔn gǔn (May wealth come pouring in)
  2. 年年有余 Nián nián yǒu yú (May you have abundance every year)
  3. 心想事成 Xīn xiǎng shì chéng (May all your wishes come true)
  4. 万事如意 Wàn shì rú yì (May everything go as you wish)

What is Happy New Year in Cantonese?

“Gong hei fat choy” is the most common Chinese New Year greeting in Cantonese, which is spoken in parts of southern China and Hong Kong. It directly translates to “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” In Mandarin, the same greeting is “gong xi fa cai” (pronounced gong she fa tsai).

How do you greet a Chinese New Year 2022?

“Guò nián hǎo”(过年好) means “Happy Lunar New Year”. It is a traditional and informal way to greet people during the Chinese New Year period.

How long is the Chinese New Year 2022?

16 days

What is a good Chinese New Year greeting?

1. 新年快乐 – Happy Chinese New Year. The most common greeting used during the Chinese New Year is a simple “Happy New Year,” also used during our regular Jan 1st New Year.

How do you say Happy Chinese New Year in English?

Wishes for Family and Friends

  • “Wishing you lots of luck and happiness in the year ahead.”
  • “May this new year bring you good health and good fortune.”
  • “Happy New Year! …
  • “Hope this new year brings you good fortune, peace and prosperity.”
  • “Thinking of you and your family and wishing you all a year that outshines the rest.”

Is it OK to say Chinese New Year?

Either way, whether you refer to it as the Chinese New Year, Lunar New Year, Spring Festival, or any other name, in the end it is the context that matters, and as long as no intentional offense is meant, it is safe to say that almost everyone will just be happy to share and celebrate the festive occasion all around the …

Is the term Chinese New Year offensive?

It’s not offensive to call Chinese New Year. I think the biggest reason why it’s more “politically correct” to call it lunar new year is because aside from the Chinese, there are five other countries that celebrate it, and eight other countries that celebrate lunar new year on different dates.

Best regards,

Michael Murdock, US NAVY VETERAN

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