During the Chinese New Year celebration, Chinese people like to greet each other with 吉祥话 (Jíxiáng huà). 吉祥话 literally means lucky phrases, lucky sayings, or lucky expressions. Chinese people use these lucky phrases to express their wishes for health, wealth, and good fortune to each other.
Here you can find a list of lucky phrases. Learn them and use them during Chinese New Year to send your good wishes to family and friends!
Most Commonly Used Lucky Phrases
新年好 xīn nián hǎo Have a good new year!
过年好 guò nián hǎo Have a good new year!
新年快乐 xīn nián kuài lè Happy New Year!
恭喜发财 gōng xǐ fā cái Wish you happiness and prosperity!
Lucky Phrases for Good Luck
万事如意 wàn shì rú yì May all go well with you.
心想事成 xīn xiǎng shì chéng May all your wishes come true.
大吉大利 dà jí dà lì Good luck and big profit
吉祥如意 jí xiáng rú yì Good fortune as you wish.
一帆风顺 yì fān fēng shùn Wish you a smooth life.
美梦成真 měi mèng chéng zhēn May dreams come true!
Some 4-character lucky phrases can be used as Spring couplets. For example,
Lucky Phrases for Health and Safety
身体健康 shēn tǐ jiàn kāng Good health.
富贵安康 fù guì ān kāng Wish you wealth and well-being.
青春永驻 qīng chūn yǒng zhù May you stay young all the time.
岁岁平安 suì suì píng ān Everlasting peace and safety year after year.
平平安安 píng píng ān ān Wish you peace and safety.
Lucky Phrases for Family
阖家欢乐 hé jiā huān lè Joy for the whole family.
阖家幸福 hé jiā xìng fú Happiness for the whole family.
年年有余 nián nián yǒu yú Surplus year after year.
幸福美满 xìng fú měi mǎn Have a happy family!
团团圆圆 tuán tuán yuán yuán Have a happy reunion!
Lucky Phrases for Career and Study
事业有成 shì yè yǒu chéng May your career successful
工作顺利 gōng zuò shùn lì Everything goes well with your work.
大展宏图 dà zhǎn hóng tú May you realize your ambition.
学习进步 xué xí jìn bù Make progress in your study.
学业有成 xué yè yǒu chéng Achievement in study.
Fun Lucky Phrase for Chinese New Year
It is a custom in China that elderly people give out red envelopes to younger people during Chinese New Year. Within families and close friends, young people would say this phrase especially when they expect to receive red envelopes. But be cautious: don’t use it to strangers or in a formal situation.
Gōng xǐ fā cái, hóng bāo ná lái
Wishing you happiness and prosperity, and give me a red envelope.
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