Happy Chinese New Year! This January will be the start Chinese New Year
of the Year of the Dragon, as the world welcomes the Chinese New Year. The New Year falls in January due to the track of the new moon, as the Chinese calendar is a mixture of the Gregorian and lunar-solar calendars. Did you know that it’s such an auspicious year that many couples are hoping to have a child born during the Year of the Dragon? Read this full article to get to know many other aspects of the Chinese New Year and see some super pictures.

When you are out and about over the next fifteen days, if you meet
up with a Chinese friend, remember to wish them a Happy New Year. The most common auspicious greetings and sayings consist of four Chinese characters, such as the following:

  • Jinyu mangtang – “May your wealth [gold and jade] come to fill a hall”
  • Dazhan hongtu – “May you realize your ambitions”
  • Yingchun jiefu – “Greet the New Year and encounter happiness”
  • Wanshi ruyi – “May all your wishes be fulfilled”
  • Jiqing youyu – “May your happiness be without limit”
  • Zhubao pingan – “May you hear [in a letter] that all is well”
  • Yiban wanli = “May a small investment bring ten-thousandfold profits”
  • Fushou shuangquan – “May your happiness and longevity be complete”
  • Zhaocai jinbao – “When wealth is acquired, precious objects follow”

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The Chinese New Year Explained

The Fifteen Days of the Chinese New Year

Remember these Chinese New Year Sayings to greet your friends with!

Today is Chinese New Year; but unlike many people who celebrate the occasion just over one night the Chinese honour the New Year by welcoming it over fifteen days.

First day–  This is the day for welcoming the deities of heaven and earth. Cleaning is considered bad luck today and meat is not consumed for health reasons. It is also the day when people honour the elders in their family. Money is given in red envelopes from married relatives to single ones, from business managers to their employees and from parents to children.