Chinese New Year is here again. This means that almost all of Singapore is going to shut down and take a holiday for almost a whole week. Singaporean Chinese of all shapes and sizes literally will be out on the streets, decked out in their best red attires, going for their Chinese new year visitations.
Since it's almost impossible to not encounter a Singaporean Chinese in this country, it's also impossible to avoid that awkward moment where non-Chinese people like us fumble around for nice things to say to them during their new year. It's just like how the Chinese people automatically assume we would like to receive everything in green during Hari Raya, so we end up with a mountain of green-inspired gifts, such as green kueh kueh, green stationary, or green packets (more please) stuffed with green $5 notes.
Still, some of us do try to be nice and greet our Chinese neighbours and friends on this important festival. If you are like me and don't speak a word of Chinese, here is a list of 41 English greetings to say to the Chinese over the new year:
1. "Gong Hay Fat Choy." Translation: "Best wishes and Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year."
2. "New year brings new fortune. Happy New Year!
3. "I wish you all the joy, peace, lοve, and luck. Happy Chinese Νew Year!"
4. "May the Year of the Sheep attract all the good wishes this year. Happy Chinese New Year!"
5. "Happy Chinese New Year! May you be happy and prosperous."
6. "Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity."
7. "Best wishes for the holidays and happiness throughout the New Year."
8. "Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year."
9. "Good luck and great success in the coming New Year."
10. "I hope you have a most happy and prosperous New Year."
11. "May the coming New Year bring you joy, love and peace."
12. "May the joy and happiness around you today and always."
13. "Good luck, good health, good cheer and pass an happy New Year."
14. "Wishing you happiness during the holidays and throughout the New Year."
15. "Wish you happiness and prosperity in the coming year!"
16. "Wish you success in your career and happiness of your family!"
17. "Happy New Year! Good luck in the year ahead!"
18. "Harmony brings health. Happy Chinese New Year!"
19. "May all your wishes come true on the Year of the Sheep."
20. "I wish you plentiful money and treasures on the Year of the Ram."
21. "Happy Chinese New Year. I wish you peace all year round."
22. "Wishing treasures fill your home this Chinese New Year!"
23. "Wishing you prosperity on the Year of the Ram."
24. "A cheery Chinese New Year hold lots of happiness for you!"
25. "At New Year and always, may peace and love fill your heart, beauty fill your world, and contentment and joy fill your days."
26. "Happy Chinese New Year! Best wishes for your perfect health and lasting prosperity."
27. "Best wishes for the holidays and happiness throughout the Chinese New Year."
28. "Happy Chinese New Year. I wish you good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year."
29, "Happy Year of the Sheep to you! Good luck and great success in the coming New Year."
30. "I wish you good luck, good health, and good cheer this happy Lunar New Year."
31, "Happy Lunar New Year. Hope all your New Year dreams come true!"
32. "I hope you have a most happy and prosperous New Year."
33. "Happy Chinese New Year. I want to wish you longevity and health!"
34. "I wish you a happy Chinese New Year. I wish you all the luck, health, and fortune to you and yours."
35. "I would like to wish you a joyous New Year and express my hope for your happiness and good future."
36. "In the holiday of joy I present my sincere wishes and kind thoughts. May the kind of New Year outshine all the rest."
37. "May the bold Chinese New Year firecracker scare away the bad luck and welcome the good luck all through the year!"
38. "May the coming New Year bring you joy, love and peace."
39. "May the New Year bring many good things and rich blessings to you and all those you love!"
40. "Rich blessings for health and longevity is my special wish for you in the coming Year of the Sheep."
41. "With very best wishes for your happiness in the Chinese New Year!"
You get the point, right? I think I'm repeating myself now so I'll stop here.