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Chinese New Year Lucky Greetings

Happy lunar calendar new year! Even though I always jokingly say, “Chinese people, stop hogging the new year, other countries celebrate it too!”, it is undeniable that the Chinese traditions and sayings for the new year are the most well-known. As someone that speaks Chinese, here’s a cultural lesson for you.

During the New Year, families have reunions. They have food together, and play with firecrackers. It’s the beginning of the new year, so they decorate the place with symbols that represents good luck, and they tell each other these lucky greetings. Here’s a list of commonly used ones:

  • “Gung Hay Fat Choy”
    Wishing you to earn lots of money and great wealth in the new year.
  • “Xin Nian Kuai Le”
    Literally meaning “happy new year”.
  • “Kung Fu Pan Da”
    Used to wish your fat relative to exercise more and find a direction in their lives.
  • “Shut Da Fuk Kup”
    Used to bring more conciseness into your in-law’s life.
  • “Luk Ing Aou Sum”
    Used to praise someone’s great outlook.
  • “Pea Nut But Ter”
    Used to wish someone good breakfasts throughout the year.
  • “Teh Leh Ta Bi”
    Used to wish someone a colourful and happy new year, again, and again.
  • “Co Mi Mei Bi”
    Used to encourage people to have a year of better communication.
  • “Get Da Hel Out”
    Used to wish someone to embark on a great journey in the new year.
  • “Yo Ma Ma So Fat”
    Used to encourage a healthy family feud and rivalry in the upcoming new year.

And to all my readers: Hap Pee Nu Yir!


  1. January 24th, 2012 | 10:32 am

    Okay, I’m reading along trying to say these quotes aloud and then I get to “β€œShut Da Fuk Kup.” Stupid me, it took me a second of two to realize what I had just said:~) Oh, sometimes your humor just loves to sneak up on me, which makes all the funnier for me.

    Hap Pee Nu Yir back at you, Kelvin and thanks for the laughter, today!

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  2. January 24th, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    When you are on my website, you never know what’s going to sneak up on you. πŸ˜‰

  3. January 24th, 2012 | 11:17 pm

    Dis Blog Mak Mi Laf

    (that was the best I could come up with in 30 seconds!)

    Thanks for the giggles from a random visitor off a Google search :)


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  4. January 25th, 2012 | 3:53 am

    Always a pleasure to mislead someone actually looking for useful information! πŸ˜€

  5. January 28th, 2012 | 9:21 am

    “Used to bring more conciseness into your in-law’s life.” LOL!!!

  6. January 28th, 2012 | 11:11 am

    Conciseness is a good virtue!

  7. May 29th, 2012 | 12:31 am

    HAHAHAHHA! I love these πŸ˜€

    I almost clued in for the Kung Fu Pan Da one, and then ignored my gut feeling it was a joke, moved on to the next one and laughed my head off. You have a great knack for puns! :)

  8. May 30th, 2012 | 12:25 am

    Puns. So many of them in puppet shows. πŸ˜€
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