发布时间: 2011-11-22      访问次数: 136



1.  Greeting Season


春节 The Spring Festival

农历 lunar calendar

正月 lunar January; the first month by lunar calendar

除夕 New Year's Eve; eve of lunar New Year

初一 the beginning of New Year

元宵节 The Lantern Festival


2.  Customs


过年 celebrate the Spring Festival

对联 poetic couplet: two successive rhyming lines in poetry

春联 Spring Festival couplets

剪纸 paper-cuts

年画 New Year paintings

买年货 special purchases for the Spring Festival ; do Spring Festival shopping

敬酒 propose a toast

灯笼 lantern: a portable light

烟花 fireworks

爆竹 firecrackers (People scare off evil spirits and ghosts with the loud pop.)

舞狮 lion dance (The lion is believed to be able to dispel evil and bring good luck.)

舞龙 dragon dance (to expect good weather and good harvests)

戏曲 traditional opera

杂耍 variety show; vaudeville

灯谜 riddles written on lanterns

灯会 exhibit of lanterns

守岁 staying-up

拜年 pay New Year's call; give New Year's greetings; New Year's visit

禁忌 taboo

去晦气 get rid of the ill- fortune

祭祖宗 offer sacrifices to one's ancestors

扫房 spring cleaning; general house-cleaning

辞旧岁 bid farewell to the old year

红包压岁钱 red packets,  gift money; Money given to children as a lunar New Year gift 

(cash wrapped up in red paper, symbolize fortune and wealth in the coming year.)

Culture Note: In the old days, New Year's money was given in the form of one hundred copper coins strung together on a red string and symbolized the hope that one would live to be a hundred years old. Today, money is placed inside red envelopes in denominations considered auspicious and given to represent luck and wealth


3.  Food names


年糕 Nian-gao; rise cake; New Year cake

团圆饭 family reunion dinner

年夜饭 the dinner on New Year's Eve

饺子 Jiao-zi; Chinese meat ravioli

汤圆 Tang-yuan; dumplings made of sweet rice, rolled into balls and stuffed with sweet fillings

八宝饭 eight treasures rice pudding

糖果盘 candy tray:

什锦糖 assorted candies - sweet and fortune

蜜冬瓜 candied winter melon - growth and good health

西瓜子 red melon seed - joy, happiness, truth and sincerity

金桔 cumquat - prosperity

糖莲子 candied lotus seed - many descendents to come

糖藕 candied lotus root - fulfilling love relationship

红枣 red dates - prosperity

花生糖 peanut candy – sweet


4.  Blessings贺词


金玉满堂  Treasures Fill The Home

生意兴隆  Business Flourishes

岁岁平安  Peace All Year Round

恭喜发财  Wishing You Prosperity

和气生财  Harmony Brings Wealth

心想事成  May All Your Wishes Come True

吉祥如意  Everything Goes Well

国泰平安  The Country Flourishes And People Live In Peace

招财进宝  Money And Treasures Will He Plentiful

一帆风顺  Wishing You Every Success

步步高升  Promoting To A Higher Position

出入平安  Safe Trip Wherever You Go

祝你新的一年快乐幸福: Wish you happiness and prosperity in the coming year!

事业成功,家庭美满: Wish you success in your career and happiness of your family!

Best wishes for the year to come! 恭贺新禧!

Good luck in the year ahead! 祝吉星高照!

May you come into a good fortune! 恭喜发财!

Live long and proper! 多福多寿!

May many fortunes find their way to you! 祝财运亨通!

I want to wish you longevity and health! 愿你健康长寿!

Take good care of yourself in the year ahead. 来年请多保重!

Wishing you many future successes. 祝你今后获得更大成就。

On this special day I send you New Years greetings and hope that some day soon we shall be together.


I would like to wish you a joyous new year and express my hope for your happiness and good future. 祝新年快乐,并愿你幸福吉祥,前程似锦。

May the New Year bring many good things and rich blessings to you and all those you love!


Rich blessings for health and longevity is my special wish for you in the coming year.


Good luck, good health, hood cheer. I wish you a happy New Year.


I hope you have a most happy and prosperous New Year. 谨祝新年快乐幸福,大吉大利。

With the compliments of the season. 祝贺佳节。

May the seasons joy fill you all the year round. 愿节日的愉快伴你一生。

Seasons greetings and best wishes for the New Year. 祝福您,新年快乐。

To wish you joy at this holy season. Wishing every happiness will always be with you.


Good health, good luck and much happiness throughout the year. 恭祝健康、幸运,新年快乐。

May the joy and happiness around you today and always. 愿快乐幸福永伴你左右。

Please accept my sincere wishes for the New Year. I hope you will continue to enjoy good health.


Allow me to congratulate you on the arrival of the New Year and to extend to you all my best wishes for your perfect health and lasting prosperity. 恭贺新禧,祝身体健康、事业发达。

Best wishes for the holidays and happiness throughout the New Year. 恭贺新禧,万事如意。

With very best wishes for your happiness in the New Year.


Please accept our wishes for you and yours for a happy New Year.


May the coming New Year bring you joy, love and peace.


Wishing you happiness during the holidays and throughout the New Year.


Seasons greetings and sincere wishes for a bright and happy New Year!


I give you endless brand-new good wishes. Please accept them as a new remembrance of our lasting friendship.


Good luck and great success in the coming New Year. 祝来年好运,并取得更大的成就。

On the occasion of the New Year, may I extend to you and yours our warmest greetings, wishing you a happy New Year, your career greater success and your family happiness.


With very best wishes for your happiness in the New Year.


With best wishes for a happy New Year! 祝新年快乐,并致以良好的祝福。

I hope you have a most happy and prosperous New Year. 谨祝新年快乐幸福,大吉大利。

With the compliments of the season. 祝贺佳节。

May the season' joy fill you all the year round. 愿节日的愉快伴你一生。

Warmest thoughts and best wishes from your son / daughter.


May happiness follow you everywhere ——just like we do.


Wishing you all the blessings of a beautiful season. 愿你拥有美丽的新年所有的祝福。

May its blessings lead into a wonderful year for you and all whom you hold dear.


At New Year and always, may peace and love fill your heart, beauty fill your world, and contentment and joy fill your days. 新年的祝福,平日的希冀,愿你心境祥和、充满爱意,愿你的世界全是美满,愿你一切称心如意,快乐无比。

May your New Year be filled with special moment, warmth, peace and happiness, the joy of covered ones near, and wishing you all the joys of Christmas and a year of happiness.


New Year should be a time of banked-up fires, the scent of flowers and wine, good talk, good memories and loyalties renewed. But if all else is lacking - love will do.