New Year

General Terms

Gwo \Nihn\

New Years

過年

\Cheun\ Jit

Spring Festival

春節

\Nihn\ \S'aa\ Maahn

New Years Eve

年卅晚

\laih\ sih

"luck money"

利是

Greetings

\gung\ /hei/ faat \choih\

"bless happiness, and prosperity"

恭喜發財

This is a greeting of prosperity reserved for Chinese New Years.

It is also the phrase required before gifts/lucky money is given by the host during New Years.

\san\ \nihn\ faai lohk

"Happy New Year"

新年快樂

This is a generic greeting used both during Western New Years and Chinese New Years.

It is appropriate as both a greeting and a parting phrase.

\san\ \nihn\ jeun bouh

"New Year's Progress"

新年進步

This is a greeting wishing progress in the New Year.

It is appropriate to use for any person, older or younger and of any relationship.

hohk yihp jeun bouh

"Progress in Studies"

學業進步

This is a greeting reserved for students, wishing them progress in their studies.

This is important for young students as well as more advanced students.

\saang\ yi \hing\ \luhng\

"Prosperous Business"

生意興隆

This is a greeting reserved for proprietors, wishing them good business results.

It is normally said to those businesses with whom you have a personal relationship.

\jing\ \ling\ wuht puht

"Aware and Active"

精靈活潑

This greeting is reserved for children wishing them to be active and mentally astute.

This is not something you would say to older children, it is for those of the "Disney" age.

\luhng\ /mah/ \jing\ \sahn\

"Spirit of Dragon and Horse"

龍馬精神

This is a greeting reserved for the elderly,

wishing them the energy and longevity of the horse and dragon.

maahn sih \yuh\ yi

"10,000 Things According to Will"

萬事如意

This is a general greeting wishing that all things will go according to the wishes of the hearer.

\sam\ /seung/ sih \sihng\

"Accomplish That In Your Heart"

心想事成

This is a general greeting wishing that the person will accomplish the thing they dearly want.

Tradition

baai \nihn\

New Years visits

拜年

\jong\ \heung\

burn incense

裝香

\fai\ \cheun\

red lucky sayings

揮春

baai \sahn\

ancestor/god worship

拜神

/jou/ \sin\

ancestors

祖先

\tyuhn\ \nihn\ faahn

yearly family dinner

團年飯

Food

\luhng\ /ngaahn/

"dragon eyes" (fruit)

龍眼

\gwa\ /ji/

seeds

瓜子

\fuhng\

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