Chinese New Year Greetings for Businesses and Individuals


Chinese New Year Greetings for Businesses and Individuals

by Yi Ting
January 18, 2019

As we usher in the Year of the Metal Ox, here are some Chinese New Year greetings that might just come in handy for the upcoming gatherings (be it remotely or physically).

The value of Chinese New Year to businesses and individuals all around the world need not be overly explained. With a third of the world’s population celebrating the festival, it is no wonder that even offices explore fun ways to soak in the festivities.

Unlike the New Year celebrations on 1st of January, Chinese New Year celebrations are marked by all sorts of practices that are believed to be auspicious for the upcoming year. Called 农历新年(nóng lì xīn nián – Lunar New Year) or (chūn jié – Spring Festival), it is customary for people to greet each other with New Year well-wishes which bring in blessings for the coming year. 

A good way for companies to leverage on such festivities is to encourage the exchange of Chinese New Year greetings among staff, clients and even business partners. Regardless of whether individuals actually celebrate these cultural festivals, offering well-meaning greetings are seldom met with rejection. After all, who doesn’t welcome some good luck in the new year? Such exchanges can also help to increase staff interaction and create a lively atmosphere and build a strong company culture. 

But wait – exactly what should we say in Mandarin? Apart from the usual 新年快乐(xīn nián kuài lè) and 恭喜发财(gōng xǐ fā cái) phrases, of course. Well fret not, as we’ll be sharing 38 useful Chinese New Year greeting phrases. Whether you are writing a greeting card to your clients/partners, or belting out well-wishes to colleagues and clients or friends and relatives when going around to拜年(bài nián), the following phrases will definitely come in handy.

Chinese New Year Greetings to Wish Wealth & Prosperity

Money and wealth are highly valued in Chinese culture. They are even more so when they are regarded as being intertwined with having good luck. It is considered polite and appropriate to offer money-related greetings in the New Year. Especially towards our colleagues and bosses, these Chinese New Year greetings are extremely well-received. Here are a list of wealth and prosperity phrases that you can use right away:

  • 恭喜发财 (gōng xǐ fā cái) – May you be happy and prosperous
  • 财源广进 (cái yuán guǎng jìn) – May your money and treasures be plentiful
  • 招财进宝 (zhāo cái jìn bǎo) – May wealth and treasures fill your home
  • 一本萬利 (yī běn wàn lì) –  Wishing that you reap a huge profit from a small investment
  • 财源滾滾 (cái yuán gǔn gǔn) –  May wealth come pouring in
  • 吉星高照 (jí xīng gāo zhào) – May good fortune fall upon you
  • 大吉大利 (dà jí dà lì) –  May you have great luck and great profit
  • 年年有馀 (nián nián yǒu yú) – Wishing you abundance and prosperity every year
  • 新年大吉 (xīn nián dà jí) – Wishing you luck for the new year

Chinese New Year Greetings for Happiness, Health & Peace

Of course, there are other important things apart from just good fortune and good luck. You can also wish them peace, good health and immense happiness. Whether towards your elders, friends, family or colleagues, these greetings are generally good for anyone you love and care about:

  • 恭贺新禧 (gōng hè xīn xǐ) – Good luck in the year ahead
  • 想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng) – May all your wishes come true
  • 万事如意 (wàn shì rú yì) – May everything go well for you
  • 笑口常开 (xiào kǒu cháng kāi) – May your year be filled with abundance of smiles and laughter
  • 五福临门 (wǔ fú lín mén) – May the five blessings (longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and a natural death) come to you
  • 身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kāng) – Wishing you good health
  • 龙马精神 (lóng mǎ jīng shén) – Wishing you lots of energy and good spirit
  • 出入平安 (chū rù píng ān) – Wishing you safety and peace where ever you go
  • 福寿双全 (fú shòu shuāng quán) – May you enjoy both longevity and blessing
  • 一帆风顺 (yī fān fēng shùn) – May all that you do go smoothly
  • 阖家幸福 (hé jiā xìng fú) – May your whole family be filled with happiness
  • 四季平安过旺年 (sì jì píng ān guò wàng nián) – Wishing you four seasons of peace and a flourishing year

As we enter a post-Covid-19 era, to stay healthy is to practice safe social distancing. Hence, it is important to follow the best safe management measures at the workplace to keep your employees safe and healthy as they work together in the same confined area. Or if your business has decided not to take the risk of returning to workplaces and maintain a remote workforce, it is advisable to adopt the best practices and solutions to managing a dispersed workforce.

Chinese New Year Greetings to Wish Success

Another popular set of phrases are those that express aspirations of success and progress in their work or business. Yes, we know some of them are also about money – it’s hard to get away from that theme! These are great for wishing clients as well as colleagues. 

  • 生意兴隆 (shēng yì xīng lóng) – May your business flourish
  • 事业发达 (shì yè fā dá) – May your career take off
  • 飞黄腾达 (fēi huáng téng dá) – May you have rapid advancement in your career
  • 事业有成 (shì yè yǒu chéng) – May you have great success in your career
  • 平步青云 (píng bù qīng yún) – May you have a meteoric rise (usually to wish for promotions)
  • 升官发财 (shēng guān fā cái) – May you get promoted and receive a raise
  • 蒸蒸日上 (zhēng zhēng rì shàng) – May your business grow and expand with each day
  • 马到成功 (mǎ dào chéng gōng) – May you have instant success
  • 万事胜意 (wàn shì shèng yì) – May you achieve success in all that you do

In this day and age of a ‘new normal’, there is no denying that the COVID pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of the 4th Industrial Revolution.For any business to make significant progress, it is imperative to embrace digitization in their operations in order to keep up with the changes in consumer and market trendsas well as to maintain their competitive edge. To not do so would only mean to get left behind as other businesses become more developed and efficient. For the new year, it would be advisable to embrace change instead of spurning in and try digitizing your business operations by adopting cloud-based HR software solutions.

Phrases for Chinese New Year Greeting Cards

Yet to write your Chinese New Year greeting cards to your business partners and clients? Looking for the appropriate phrases to express your well wishes? You’re in luck! Below is a list of 8 CNY greeting phrases that will likely suit your needs. From wishes for good health to prosperity, we’ve got you all covered!

  • 恭贺新禧,祝身体健康、事业发达(gōng hè xīn xǐ, zhù shēn tǐ jiàn kāng, shì yè fā dá) – Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity.
  • 恭祝健康、幸运,新年快乐 (gōng zhù jiàn kāng, xìng yùn, xīn nián kuài lè) – Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year.
  • 祝来年好运,并取得更大的成就 (zhù lái nián hǎo yùn, bìng qǔ dé gèng dà de chéng jiù) – Good luck and great success in the coming New Year.
  • 祝好运、健康、喜悦、伴您度过一个快乐新年 (zhù hǎo yùn, jiàn kāng, xǐ yuè, bàn nín dù guò yī gè kuài lè xīn nián) – Good luck, good health and good cheer in the New Year.
  • 谨祝新年快乐幸福,大吉大利 (jǐn zhù xīn nián kuài lè xìng fú, dà jí dà lì) – I hope you have a most happy and prosperous New Year.
  • 恭贺新禧,万事如意 (gōng hè xīn xǐ, wàn shì rú yì) – Best wishes and happiness throughout the New Year.
  • 祝您新的一年快乐幸福 (zhù nín xīn de yī nián kuài lè xìng fú) – Wish you happiness and prosperity in the coming year.
  • 事业成功,家庭美满 (shì yè chéng gōng, jiā tíng mẹ̌i mǎn) – Wish you a successful career and happy family.

With these 38 Chinese New Year greeting phrases in your pocket, we’re sure you’ll be ready to take on the festivities that is to come! Pair these Chinese New Year greetings with a pair of mandarin oranges and some ang baos for the ultimate welcome. From the whole team here at JustLogin, we’ll like to wish you a very Prosperous and Happy Chinese New Year!  

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