On Sunday, January 22, the Lunar New Year, commonly referred to as Chinese New Year and the Spring Festival will begin.

The tradition-rich event, which has its roots in various east Asian nations, is centred on wishing for wealth and good fortune. The Gregorian calendar always places the date between January 20 and February 21, even though the exact day varies each year owing to the moon cycle.

When they see one another during the Chinese New Year (Lunar New Year) season, Chinese people greet one another with proverbs and sayings that wish them luck, prosperity, and health.

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Here’s how to wish a happy lunar new year in different languages:


Xīnnián hǎo (新年好),  which translates to “New Year Goodness” or “Good New Year,” is the most popular greeting used in Mandarin to wish family members and close friends a happy Chinese New Year. 

Happy Chinese New Year can also be expressed using the phrase Xīnnián kuàilè (新年快乐)  which literally translates to ‘New Year happiness.’ It is a formal salutation frequently used with strangers.

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The Vietnamese New Year is referred to as Tết Nguyên Đán or Tết Âm Lịch . However, the majority of the time, individuals simply call Tết. During this holiday, Vietnamese people congratulate or wish one another well by saying Chúc mừng năm mới,” where năm mới refers to the new year. Happy New Year is the precise meaning of this expression. Also frequently used and heard are the phrases Vạn sự như ý  (Everything goes as you wish) and An khang thịnh vượng  (Health and Propensity).

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Koreans celebrate two new years based on the Solar and Lunar calendars. The first is the Korean Solar New Year, Sinjeong (신정), and the second is the Korean Lunar New Year, Seollal (설날) . Seollal is more revered in Korea than Sinjeong.

Saehae Bok Mani Badeusipsio (새해 복 많이 받으십시오), which means Happy New Year, is used in formal situations, greeting cards, or to express admiration for the addressee. Saehae Bok Mani Badeuseyo (새해 복 많이 받으세요)  and Haengbokan Saehae Doeseyo (행복한 새해 되세요) are two more common Korean New Year greetings that are neither too formal nor too casual and can be used in most situations.


You can greet your Malaysian friends with Selamat Tahun Baru.