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How to Say Happy New Year in Chinese

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is the most important festival in Chinese culture. If you are interested in learning more about this festival and how Chinese people celebrate this traditional festival, then you don’t want to miss the following video.

This video covers everything you want to know about the Spring Festival, such as the date, the traditions, and customs, as well as greeting phrases that you can use right away.

Chinese New Year Video

In this article, we are going to learn how to learn Happy New Year in Chinese (Mandarin).

“New Year” in Chinese is 新年 (xīn nián
“Spring Festival” in Chinese is 春节( chūn jié)
“Happy” in Chinese is 快乐(kuài lè
You can say “Happy New Year” 新年快乐(xīn nián kuài lè)or “Happy Spring Festival” 春节快乐(chūn jié kuài lè). Both phrases are used frequently.

To hear a native speaker’s pronunciation, watch this short video:

Want to take it up a notch? Here are two popular Chinese songs that are often played during the Spring Festival. The lyrics are simple and are suitable even for beginners who don’t know a lot of Chinese yet.

Chinese New Year Music Video: 好日子 (Good Days)

Chinese New Year Music Video: 恭喜恭喜 (Congratulations Congratulations)

If you are a reader and prefer Chinese stories, then here are two Chinese Graded Readers that revolve around the Chinese New Year.

For Beginners

Story: I Don’t Want to Celebrate New Year 我不想过年
Story Summary: While everyone looks forward to New Year celebration, our main character feels differently about the New Year…

For Advanced Students

Story: A Unique New Year’s Tradition 一个特别的新年习俗
Story Summary: Besides having its own language, the Fuzhounese also have a unique New Year tradition that is the biggest event of the year. If you are interested in Chinese culture and traditions, you don’t want to miss it.