Blessing words for the Chinese New Year

You probably already know that Chinese people also celebrate another “New Year”, the Lunar New Year. This year, we are going to celebrate the Chinese New Year (the Lunar New Year) from February 16. Although the Chinese New Year is not coming yet, It’s acceptable to say “Happy Chinese New Year” right now because we want to feel the joy of celebration in advance.

Besides that, Chinese people also have a very special tradition. We name the upcoming year after the name of an animal. Traditionally, Chinese people treat 12 years as a cycle. It’s a calculation based on the orbital period of the planet Jupiter. So we name each year of a cycle after the names of 12 animals. We call these animals “十二生肖” [shíèr shēngxiào] (the Chinese zodiac). This time, we are saying goodbye to the Year of the Chicken and welcoming the Year of the Dog.

Chinese are not the only one people who use animal zodiac signs. Other Asian or European countries have similar cultures. However, the Chinese zodiac plays a very important role in our daily life. We believe these animals can determine our character and future. If you were born in that year, then you would be affected by the animal of that year. We also use the Chinese zodiac to find a suitable partner because it tells us the best combination among these 12 animals.

So the Chinese New Year is coming. We should learn some basic blessing words for the New Year. You can say “新年快樂” [xīnnián kuàilè] (Happy New Year). However, traditional blessings like “新年恭喜” [xīnniná gōngxǐ] (Best wishes for a happy new year) or “恭喜發財” [gōngxǐ fācái] (Wishing you happiness and prosperity) will be better. Apart from this, we can use some phrases containing the character “狗” [gǒu] (dog) because the upcoming year is the Year of the Dog. For example, you can say “狗來旺” [gǒu lái wàng] (The dog’s barking brings good fortune) because the pronunciations of “旺” [wàng] (good fortune) and “汪” [wāng] (dog’s barking) are similar. You can also say “狗來福” [gǒu lái fú] (The dog brings happiness). “來福” [láifú] (Happiness is coming) is a popular pet name for dogs in Chinese world.

Finally, I wish you “狗年行大運” [gǒunián xíng dàyùn], which means that may the Year of the Dog bring you great fortune. I hope you will accomplish all of your wishes in the upcoming year, including the one about learning Chinese. Don’t forget to say “Happy New Year” or “新年恭喜” [xīnnián gōngxǐ] to your family or friends. Blessing words are always the best gifts we can offer to our loved ones. We can celebrate the New Year twice a year. How lucky we are, aren’t we?

新年吉祥话

你或许知道,华人还庆祝另一个「新年」,那就是「农历新年」。

今年的农历新年将从二月十六日开始。虽然春节还没到,现在说「春节快乐」也是可以的,因为我们想要提早感受一下庆祝的喜悦。 除此之外,华人还有一项非常特别的传统,那就是,我们会用动物的名字来为新年命名。

传统上,华人把十二年当作一个循环,这是根据木星公转的周期计算而来的。所以我们会用十二种动物的名字为每一年命名。我们把这十二种动物称为「十二生肖」。这一次,我们要和「鸡年」告别,并迎接「狗年」的到来。 华人并不是唯一一个使用「十二生肖」的民族。其他的亚洲或欧洲国家也有类似的文化。然而「十二生肖」在我们的日常生活中占有很重要的地位。我们相信这些动物可以决定我们的性格和未来。

如果你是那一年出生的,那么你就会被当年的生肖所影响。我们也会用「十二生肖」来寻找合适的伴侣,因为它会告诉我们哪些动物是最好的组合。 春节要来了,我们应该要学一些基本的新年吉祥话。你可以说「新年快乐」,不过,「新年恭喜」或「恭喜发财」这些传统吉祥话会更好。

除此之外,因为来年是狗年,所以我们也可以说一些带有「狗」字的吉祥话。例如,你可以说「狗来旺」,这是因为「旺」这个字和狗叫声的「汪」是谐音。你也可以说「狗来福」。华人很常为狗取「来福」这个名字。 最后,我要祝你「狗年行大运」,意思是,狗年会带给你大大的好运。祝福你所有的新年愿望都会实现,这包括了学习中文的愿望。

别忘记要跟家人朋友们说声「新年快乐」或「新年恭喜」。吉祥话永远是我们献给所爱的人最棒的礼物。我们每年都可以庆祝新年两次,真是幸运,不是吗?

新年吉祥話

你或許知道,華人還慶祝另一個「新年」,那就是「農曆新年」。

今年的農曆新年將從二月十六日開始。雖然春節還沒到,現在說「春節快樂」也是可以的,因為我們想要提早感受一下慶祝的喜悅。 除此之外,華人還有一項非常特別的傳統,那就是,我們會用動物的名字來為新年命名。

傳統上,華人把十二年當作一個循環,這是根據木星公轉的週期計算而來的。所以我們會用十二種動物的名字為每一年命名。我們把這十二種動物稱為「十二生肖」。這一次,我們要和「雞年」告別,並迎接「狗年」的到來。 華人並不是唯一一個使用「十二生肖」的民族。其他的亞洲或歐洲國家也有類似的文化。然而「十二生肖」在我們的日常生活中佔有很重要的地位。我們相信這些動物可以決定我們的性格和未來。

如果你是那一年出生的,那麼你就會被當年的生肖所影響。我們也會用「十二生肖」來尋找合適的伴侶,因為它會告訴我們哪些動物是最好的組合。 春節要來了,我們應該要學一些基本的新年吉祥話。你可以說「新年快樂」,不過,「新年恭喜」或「恭喜發財」這些傳統吉祥話會更好。

除此之外,因為來年是狗年,所以我們也可以說一些帶有「狗」字的吉祥話。例如,你可以說「狗來旺」,這是因為「旺」這個字和狗叫聲的「汪」是諧音。你也可以說「狗來福」。華人很常為狗取「來福」這個名字。 最後,我要祝你「狗年行大運」,意思是,狗年會帶給你大大的好運。祝福你所有的新年願望都會實現,這包括了學習中文的願望。

別忘記要跟家人朋友們說聲「新年快樂」或「新年恭喜」。吉祥話永遠是我們獻給所愛的人最棒的禮物。我們每年都可以慶祝新年兩次,真是幸運,不是嗎?

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