During the Chinese New Year Event, it is normal to wish people a Happy New year. But how do you do that if you do not know how to do so? Well, there’s actually nothing to worry about as you would be enlightened on how to wish someone a happy Chinese New Year in this article. Wishing Someone a Happy Chinese New Year is something not very complicated to do. Besides, it is as easy as wishing someone during an event. All you just need to do is for you to know what to say and say it to them then you have wished whoever you want a Happy Chinese New year.
There are however two different Chinese languages that can be used to wish someone a Happy Chinese New year. These two languages include; Mandarin and Cantonese. Mandarin is a language also known as Northern Chinese and it is the most spoken Chinese language. While Cantonese is also a Chinese Language spoken by more than 55 million people in Guangdong and other provinces of China. So you can choose which one you feel is okay for you to use to wish someone a Happy Chinese New year.
How to Wish Happy Chinese New Year
There are three different ways by which you can wish someone or anyone a Happy Chinese New Year. You can use anyone you want to wish anyone a happy new year. These three ways include the popular and general way, the formal way, and lastly the one you say to wish happiness and prosperity. So you can wish someone or anyone be it your family, friends, work colleagues, or loved ones any of these different types during the Chinese New Year. Here’s how to greet Happy Chinese New year below both in Cantonese and Mandarin;
General/Popular Way of Wishing Someone a Happy Chinese New Year
Xīnnián hǎo is a way of greeting and wishing someone a Happy Chinese New Year. And it is even the general way the Chinese people greet each other during the new year. Besides, it is used to replace the greeting nǐ hǎo. In Mandarin language to wish a Happy new year you say “xīn nián hǎo /sshin-nyen haoww/” while in Cantonese, you say “san nin hou”
Formal Way of Wishing Someone a Happy Chinese New Year
To wish someone a Happy New year in a formal way you can say “Xīnnián kuàilè” as it is somewhat a formal way of wishing people. However, you can also use it during the regular January first New year. If you want to wish someone in a formal way in Mandarin, you can say “xīn nián kuài lè /sshin-nyen kwhy-ler/”. While if you want to wish someone in a formal way in Cantonese, you can say “sun nin fail ok”.
How to Wish Someone a Happy Chinese New Year With Prosperity and Happiness
When you want to wish someone with happiness and joy in Chinese, you say “Gong hay fat choy”. This is usually and on most occasions spoken in Hong Kong. If you want to wish someone this in mandarin, you can simply say “gōng xǐ fā cái /gong-sshee faa-tseye/”. While if you want to wish someone in Cantonese, you can say “gong hay fat choy” to wish them.
While saying or using these ways of greeting, you can also send gifts like red envelopes, fruits, and many more to wish people a Happy Chinese New year and to join them in celebrating the new year.