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CHINESE NEW YEAR : GET READY FOR CELEBRATIONS OF THE YEAR OF THE GOAT ON FEBRUARY 19, 2015.

Get ready for celebrations in China (and your nearest Chinatown) on February 19.

That will mark the beginning of the Chinese Year 4712, 4711 or 4651, as there are three different years which have been used as the starting point.

Chinese New Year 2015 will take place from February 19 to March 5. 

During the Lunar New Year period Chinese people greet one another with unique sayings when they meet, where ordinarily they would not greet people with whom they do not have a personal relationship.

The following are some words and phrases that are used as greetings at Chinese New Year (with their Chinese characters, pinyin Romanization for Mandarin Chinese, and English translation).

Beginnings of Greetings and Sayings

Greeting an older (or respected) person is a little different in Chinese: nín for ‘you’, instead of the common . For example:

  • 祝您……
  • 祝你……
  • Zhu nín… (/joo neen/)
  • Zhu nǐ … (/joo nee/)
  • Wish you (older/respected) …
  • Wish you (younger/informal) …

The Most Popular Greetings for the Year of Goat 2015

  • 住洋楼、喝洋酒
  • 阳光灿烂
  • 喜洋洋
  • Zhù yǎng lǒu, Hē yǎng jiǔ
  • Yǎng guāng càn làn
  • Xí yǎng yǎng
  • The best wines and villa
  • Sunshine around you
  • Happiness

 

  • 祝羊年,
  • 做人羊眉吐气,
  • 生意羊羊得意,
  • 前程羊关大道,
  • 烦恼羊长而去。
  • 羊年发羊财,
  • 天天喜气羊羊!
  • Zhù yáng nián,
  • zuòrén yáng méi tǔqì,
  • shēngyì yáng yáng déyì,
  • qiánchéng yáng guān dàdào,
  • fánnǎo yáng cháng ér qù.
  • Yáng nián fā yáng cái,
  • tiāntiān xǐqì yáng yáng!/joo yang nyen
  • dzwor-rnn yang may too-chee
  • shnng-ee yang yang der-ee
  • chyen-chnng yang gwann daa-daou
  • fan-naou yang chung ur chyoo
  • yang nyen faa yang tseye
  • tyen-tyen sshee-chee yang yang/

 

  • ‘Wishing (you a) goat year,
  • (in) life goat eyebrows (and) snorting,
  • (in) business goat self-satisfied,
  • (in) career goat pass wide road,
  • and (may) worries goat (be) always far away.
  • (This) goat year make (a) goat fortune,
  • Every day (a) cheerful goat!’
  • In this year of the goat, may you
  • be proud and exalted in life,
  • revel in your business success,
  • have a smooth career path,
  • and be free from worries.
  • May you become rich,
  • and be happy every day!
  • 羊年到,祝三羊开泰,喜气羊羊。
  • Yáng nián dào, zhù sān yáng kāi tài, xǐqì yáng yáng.

/yang nyen daou, joo san yang keye tie, sshee-chee yang yang/
‘Goat year is here, wishing three goats bring peace/greatness, joyful every goat.’

 

 

 PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR !

CAN’T WAIT FOR IT !