Anyone out there who totally struggles when it comes to thinking up four lucky words to greet your friends and relatives with when you’re out visiting? How many times have you said Gong Xi Fa Cai and got a blank stare in return from your aunties and uncles? Don’t use Gong Xi Fa Cai anymore in 2019. It’s time for new Chinese New Year wishes this Pig Year!

This year, it’s your chance to do your heritage (and relatives) right by brushing up on those Chinese New Year greetings with our cool list of no less than 30 greetings. Gong Xi Fa Cai! Ya, we’ve heard that like, a billion times.

Chinese New Year Greetings for general good fortune

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  1. 猪年大吉 (zhūnián dàjí)

Meaning: Best of luck for the pig year! (Pro tip: substitute this each year with each Chinese zodiac, and you’re guaranteed to always have something new to say!)

  1. 恭贺新年 (Gōnghè xīnnián)

Meaning: A Happy New Year to you

  1. 祝贺佳节 (Zhùhè jiājié)

Meaning: Congratulations! Wishing you the season’s compliments.

  1. 吉祥如意 (Jíxiáng rúyì)

Meaning: Good fortune according to your wishes

  1. 年年有余 (Niánnián yǒuyú)

Meaning: Surplus year-after-year

  1. 吉星高照 (Jíxīng gāozhào)

Meaning: Fortune will smile on you (‘lucky star shines high above’)

  1. 心想事成 (Xīnxiǎng shì chéng)

Meaning: May all your dreams and wishes come true

  1. 大吉大利 (Dàjí dàlì)

Meaning: Lots of luck and profits

Chinese New Year Greetings for children in school

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  1. 精灵活泼 (Jīnglíng huópō)

Meaning: A bright and lively spirit (especially used for children under the age of 10, wishing them to be active and smart)

  1. 学习进步 (Xuéxí jìnbù)

Meaning: Progress in your studies

  1. 金榜题名 (Jīnbǎng tímíng)

Meaning: Success in the examinations (especially for those taking an important examinations)

  1. 学业有成 (Xuéyè yǒuchéng)

Meaning: Prosperous studies

Chinese New Year Greetings for career and wealth

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  1. 事业有成 (Shìyè yǒuchéng)

Meaning: Success in your career

  1. 马到成功 (Mǎ dào chénggōng)

Meaning: Instant success

  1. 步步高升 (Bùbù gāoshēng)

Meaning: Promotions at every step

  1. 财源广进 (Cáiyuán guǎngjìn)

Meaning: Enter a broad source of wealth, or for wealth to flow in all directions

  1. 生意兴隆 (Shēngyì xīnglóng)

Meaning: Business flourishes

  1. 升官发财 (Shēngguān fācái)

Meaning: Promotion to a higher position

  1. 遍地黄金 (Biàndì huángjīn)

Meaning: So much gold (wealth) that it blankets your floors

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Chinese New Year Greetings for family and wellness

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  1. 阖家欢乐 (Héjiā huānlè)

Meaning: Felicity of the whole family

  1. 阖家幸福 (Héjiā xìngfú)

Meaning: Happiness for the whole family

  1. 和气生财 (Héqì shēngcái)

Meaning: Harmony brings wealth

  1. 岁岁平安 (Suì suì píng’ān)

Meaning: Peace all year round

  1. 金银满屋 (Jīn yín mǎn wū)

Meaning: A home filled with gold and silver

  1. 招财进宝 (Zhāo cái jìn bǎo)

Meaning: May treasures fill your home

  1. 家庭美满 (Jiātíng měimǎn)

Meaning: A joyous and wholesome home

Chinese New Year Greetings for health

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  1. 龙马精神 (Lóng mǎ jīngshén)

Meaning: The healthy and robust spirit of the dragon and horse

  1. 身体健康 (Shēntǐ jiànkāng)

Meaning: Enjoy good health

  1. 健康长寿 (Jiànkāng chángshòu)

Meaning: Health and longevity

  1. 青春常驻 (Qīngchūn cháng zhù)

Meaning: May youth always reside with you; eternal youth

Here’s a quick summary of all you need to know to impress everyone:

For Good Fortune 恭贺新年 (Gōnghè xīnnián)A Happy New Year to you
For Children In School 学习进步 (Xuéxí jìnbù)Progress in your studies
For Career and Wealth事业有成 (Shìyè yǒuchéng)Success in your career
For Family and Wellness阖家幸福 (Héjiā xìngfú)Happiness for the whole family
For Good Health健康长寿 (Jiànkāng chángshòu)Health and longevity

Don’t fall back to Gong Xi Fa Cai in 2019 because you can’t remember the other Chinese New Year wishes. We hope you enjoyed our list of 30 Chinese New Year greetings that are way cooler than the usual Gong Xi Fa Cai! It’s time to impress your loved ones with these distinguished Chinese New Year greetings. Oh, and here’s wishing you longevity and health! Zhùnín cáiyùn hēngtōng! (祝您财运亨通!) That’s #31. You’re very welcome 😉

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*Featured Image Credit: Sharon McCutcheon | Unsplash

*First Published 1 Feb 2018, Last Updated 1 Feb 2019

*Psst. Keep a lookout for Taobao vouchers to get discounts for unique Chinese New Year red packets.