Greetings to make elders love you this Chinese New Year

Earn some brownie points from your elders by remembering these greetings and use them this CNY!

Amanda Tan

Published: 21 January 2023, 5:22 PM

The first day of the Chinese New Year is almost here. 

Hop into the Year of the Rabbit with these 兔-rrific greetings to impress your elders while visiting. Hopefully, they’ll get you extra red packets from them!

1. 兔年吉祥 (tù nián jí xiáng)

兔年 refers to the Year of the Rabbit, while 吉祥 means auspicious.

In short, you are wishing the other party plenty of luck and a happy year ahead.

2. 前兔无量 (qián tù wú liàng)

A wordplay on 前途无量 (qián tú wú liàng), wish your elders a promising future with boundless prospects – great for those venturing into a new business! 

3. 福寿双全 (fú shòu shuāng quán)

福 means blessings while 寿 means to live a prosperous life. When combined with 双全, you are wishing them the best of both worlds. 

Want to wish your elders longevity and blessings in the new year? This greeting is perfect for that.

4. 身体健康 (shēn tǐ jiàn kāng)

As they say, health is wealth.

As we emerge from the pandemic, there’s nothing better than wishing your elders good health.

5. 爱情美满 (ài qíng měi mǎn)

If there are any newlyweds in your family, use this phrase to wish them a happy and fulfilling relationship!

6. 精灵活泼 (jīng líng huó pō)

This greeting can be used to wish for your elders to be full of energy and active.

7. 笑口常开 (xiào kǒu cháng kāi)

If you hope to see your elders being happy in the Year of the Rabbit, you can wish them this. It translates to may your year be filled with an abundance of smiles and laughter.

8. 喜上眉梢 (xǐ shàng méi shāo)

An alternative to the greeting above, this phrase also wishes the recipient happiness that “reaches the tip of their eyebrows” or joy that radiates from their face.

9. 财源滚滚 (cái yuán gǔn gǔn)

Loosely translated as money is rolling, you can use this greeting to wish your elders a year of financial abundance ahead and that wealth would come pouring in.

10. 新年新气象,旧事不要想 (xīn nián xīn qì xiàng, jiù shì bù yào xiǎng)

If 2022 was rough for them, you might want to use this 10-character greeting which essentially translates to “new year, new atmosphere, don’t think about old matters”.

Now that you have learned these greetings, it’s your turn to master some of them and put it into practice. Hoppy Chinese New Year everyone!

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