Auspicious or lucky greetings are particularly important on a holiday like Chinese New Year, otherwise known as Lunar New Year. Greetings wishing a new year of fortune offer respect for family, friends, and even strangers. Saying simple phrases like Happy New Year is great, but you can really show additional effort and skill by adding new year blessings.
The standard greeting is to start with "Happy New Year", 新年快樂 （Xīnnián kuàilè) followed by auspicious words in the section below. Even though the literal translation may be "year of the dog wealth", the "wishing you" part of the phrase is understood, without needing an explicit verb. Many of these sayings or couplets are displayed on wall scrolls or around doors, projecting well wishes.
Year of the Dog 2018 Lunar New Year Greetings
Chinese folks love a play on words, so for each year in the zodiac, different sayings are used that make use of relevant sounds. Typically auspicious words are combined with a reference to an animal sound or characteristic. For example in Chinese, the sound that dogs make is "汪汪 wàngwàng" (the Chinese equivalent to woof woof). 汪 (woof) shares the same sound as 旺, which is part of the phrase 興旺, which means thriving or flourishing. As a result, the Chinese character 旺 is used in many lucky greetings for the Year of the dog.
Dog Year Specific Greetings
With the year of the Dog, comes fortune and luck.
Year of the Dog brings wealth and fortune
The Dog year will change heaven and earth(positively)
The Year of the Dog brings money and fortune
Flourish and Thrive in the Year of the Dog
When the Dog Year comes, Fortune Arrives
The Dog Year brings Prosperity
Fortunes turn (positive) in the year of the Dog
Welcome the New Year with prosperity
The Dog Year brings massive fortune
Prosperity comes to bless the New Year
Welcome the New Year with a buzz
Good fortune comes rolling in
Welcome the year of the dog
Gǒu lái fù
Gǒu nián fùguì
gǒu zhuǎn qiánkūn
gǒu nián xīngwàng
gǒu lái fú dào
gǒu lái yùn wàng
gǒu nián yùnzhuǎn
wàngwàng yíng xīnnián
gǒu nián xíng dàyùn
wàngwàng lái fú bào xīnnián
fèi fèi yángyáng yíng gǒu nián
hǎoshì wàngwàng lái
huānxǐ yíng gǒu nián
Dog Year Spring Couplets
Another level of sophistication in Chinese new year sayings come in the form of couplets. Couplets are a pair of phrases written on red paper and attached to walls or doors to create a festive atmosphere. Here are a few dog year specific lucky sayings.
Dog Year Couplets
Sing for the sunny days and say good-bye to the past. Welcome to the New year, the dog with good luck brings a full harvest
The Dog Year protects the whole family from harm. Diligent people work through the seasons and have plenty leftover.
The wealthy country prospers under a strong government. Chicken and dog play cheerfully with the message of peace.
Dragons fly freely to welcome the new year. With great power they wake up the year of Dog.
Days swiftly go by as the rooster (from the previous year) crows in the morning. The dog guards the family in this lucky year.
Wishing a new year where everything goes smoothly. The dog year is prosperous with many grains
Cí jiù líng jī gē rì lì
yíngxīn ruì quǎn bào nián fēng
gǒu hù yīmén xǐ wúyàng
rén qín sìjì qìng yǒuyú
guó fùmín qiáng yuán gǎigé
jī míng quǎnfèi bào shēngpíng
lóng xiáng huáxià yíngxīn suì
qì bó yúntiān fèn quǎn nián
rìxīnyuèyì jī bàoxiǎo
suì jí nián xiáng gǒu kān mén
xīn suì zhùfú wànshì shùn
gǒu nián zhào fēng wǔgǔ xiāng
Year Of The Dog T-Shirts
Auspicious blessings may not be easy to remember but you can also buy these shirts!
Don't forget to use these lunar new year greetings when seeing Chinese people after the New Year.
What Chinese New Year blessings do you like to use?