Are we supposed to say ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi!’ to our English-speaking friends at Chinese New Year? Are there other things we can say?
Most westerners living in Hong Kong know what ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi! (恭喜發財)’ means. The English phrase which is most similar to ‘Kung Hei Fat Choi!’ is ‘I wish you health, wealth and happiness!’
Here are some popular sayings you can say at Chinese New Year:
Wish you all the best!
Harmony brings wealth.
May all your wishes come true!
You can also say ‘I wish you…
Apart from the above, you can also say ‘Happy Year of the Dog / Pig / etc.!’
There are twelve animals associated with the Chinese Zodiac. In English, some animals have different names for the male and female. The names of Chinese years often use male animal names. For example:
The Year of the Rooster (male chicken)
The Year of the Ram (male sheep)
The Year of the Boar (male pig)
Here is the full list, in the right order of the Chinese zodiac:
Which one is your favourite saying?