Last year may have been a difficult one, but with the Chinese New Year, also known as the Lunar New Year approaching, it is time to welcome some happiness and color of festivities in our lives! Starting from 31st January 2022 and lasting for about 16 days, this holiday may be all that most celebrating Chinese have been awaiting. Some also refer to it as 春节(chūn jié – Spring Festival), a time where celebrations are marked by all sorts of practices and end by lantern festival, all of which are believed to be auspicious for the upcoming year
People traditionally greet one another with New Year greetings, which is said to bring favors for the future year. The exchange of Chinese New Year greetings is encouraged among students to capitalize on such celebrations. Even those who do not celebrate, would happily greet the rest, whether in person or virtually. After all, isn’t that what festivities are all about? Spreading joy and laughter!
And as we usher in this Year of Tiger, here are some Chinese New Year greetings that you might want to use for the upcoming celebrations in Singapore!
Starting with the very common ones, we commonly like to wish wealth and prosperity this season by saying 恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái) – May you be happy and prosperous. Knowing how Chinese culture values wealth, seniors and elderly are always happy to hear Chinese New Year greetings that are money-related:
You can also give your best wishes for peace and happiness to anyone you love and care about, whether it’s your elders, friends or family. In that case, 恭贺新禧 (gōng hè xīn xǐ) – ‘Good luck in the year ahead’ and 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng) – ‘May all your wishes come true’ come to use. Especially now in the times of a world pandemic, you may also want to wish good health to your dearest ones and that will never go into waste. You could say 身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kāng) – ‘Wishing you good health’ and 福寿双全 (fú shòu shuāng quán) – ‘May you enjoy both longevity and blessing’.
Learn these useful Chinese New Year greetings and we’re confident your children and you’ll be ready for the upcoming celebrations (and 红包 ang baos)! For the perfect welcome, you may want to pair these with nice Chinese New Year cards and mandarin oranges. You’ll be good to go.
We wish to end our sharing of Chinese New Year greetings with our wishes for everyone in the Year of The Tiger! Can your children understand the following wishes?
学业进步 – 如虎添翼；
身体健康 – 生龙活虎；
万事如意 – 虎虎生威；
勇于挑战 – 初生牛犊不怕虎！
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