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Happy New Year

China xīn nián kuài lè
Happy New Year

If you want to wish someone a happy new year this is the way. You can hang this up during Western New Years (Dec 31st - Jan 1st) and keep it up until after Chinese New Years which happens in either January or February of each year (it changes from year to year because China uses a lunar calendar).


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Characters

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Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin chūn / chun1
Taiwan ch`un / chun
Japanese haru / はる
Chinese spring (time); gay; joyful; youthful; love; lust; life; surname Chun
Japanese (n-adv,n-t) (1) spring; springtime; (2) New Year; (3) prime (of one's life, etc.); (4) adolescence; puberty; (5) sexuality; (personal name) Haruji; (surname) Harusaki; (female given name) Haru; (female given name) Hajime; (given name) Nagoshi; (female given name) Toki; (personal name) Chiyun; (given name) Shunmin; (female given name) Shun; (female given name) Kazu; (female given name) Azuma
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Spring Season

若水

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Japanese wakamizu / わかみず Japanese first water drawn from a well on New Year's Day; (place-name, surname) Wakamizu; (female given name) Wakami; (given name) Jakusui
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Be Like Water

事始め

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Japanese kotohajime / ことはじめ Japanese (1) taking up a new line of work; the beginning of things; (2) starting the preparations for New Year's festivities (December 8 in Tokyo, December 13 in Kyoto); (3) resuming work after the New Year's vacation
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New Beginning

五福臨門


五福临门

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Mandarin wǔ fú lín mén / wu3 fu2 lin2 men2
Taiwan wu fu lin men
Chinese lit. (may the) five blessings descend upon this home (namely: longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and a natural death); (an auspicious saying for the Lunar New Year)
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Blessings on this Home

年年有餘


年年有余

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Mandarin nián nián yǒu yú / nian2 nian2 you3 yu2
Taiwan nien nien yu yü
Chinese lit. (may you) have abundance year after year; (an auspicious saying for the Lunar New Year)
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Year-In Year-Out Have Abundance

新年快樂


新年快乐

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Mandarin xīn nián kuài lè / xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
Taiwan hsin nien k`uai le / hsin nien kuai le
Chinese Happy New Year!
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Mandarin shuò / shuo4
Taiwan shuo
Japanese saku / さく
Chinese beginning; first day of lunar month; north
Japanese (1) {astron} new moon; (2) first day of the lunar month; (3) (in ancient China) next year's calendar and decrees (distributed by the Emperor at year's end); (given name) Hajime; (surname, female given name) Saku; (female given name) Koyomi; (given name) Kensaku

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お節

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Japanese osechi / おせち Japanese (abbreviation) food served during the New Year's Holidays

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仕初

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Japanese shizome / しぞめ Japanese (1) outset; beginning; starting (things); (2) resuming work after the New Year's vacation

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元三

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Japanese ganzan / がんざん Japanese (n-adv,n-t) New Year's period (January 1st to 3rd); (given name) Motomitsu; (surname, given name) Motomi; (given name) Motozou; (male given name) Genzou

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元日

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Japanese ganjitsu(p);gannichi / がんじつ(P);がんにち Japanese New Year's Day; (given name) Motoka; (female given name) Motoi; (personal name) Ganjitsu

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元旦

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Mandarin yuán dàn / yuan2 dan4
Taiwan yüan tan
Japanese gantan / がんたん
Chinese New Year's Day
Japanese (1) (colloquialism) (See 元日) New Year's Day; (2) (orig. meaning) New Year's morning; morning of New Year's Day; (given name) Motoaki; (personal name) Gentan

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元朝

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Mandarin yuán cháo / yuan2 chao2
Taiwan yüan ch`ao / yüan chao
Japanese genchou / gencho / げんちょう    ganchou / gancho / がんちょう
Chinese Yuan or Mongol dynasty (1279-1368)
Japanese Yuan Dynasty; Mongol Dynasty; New Year's morning; (given name) Motonori; (given name) Motoasa
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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元正

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Japanese ganshou / gansho / がんしょう Japanese (obscure) (See 元日) New Year's Day; (surname, given name) Motomasa; (given name) Gensei; (surname) Genshou

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分歲


分岁

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Mandarin fēn suì / fen1 sui4
Taiwan fen sui
Japanese bunsai
New Year's eve, the dividing night of the year, also styled 歲夜.

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切餅

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Japanese kirimochi / きりもち Japanese (food term) rice cakes cut into rectangles (esp. eaten on New Year's Day)

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初め

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Japanese hajime / はじめ    zome / ぞめ Japanese (n-t,n-adv) (1) beginning; start; outset; opening; (2) first (in line, etc.); (3) origin; (4) (kana only) such as ...; not to mention ...; (suffix) first doing of ... (ever, in one's life, in the new year, etc.)

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初一

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Mandarin chū yī / chu1 yi1
Taiwan ch`u i / chu i
Japanese hatsukazu / はつかず    hatsuichi / はついち
Chinese first day of lunar month; New Year's Day; first year in junior middle school
Japanese (given name) Hatsukazu; (surname, given name) Hatsuichi

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初二

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Mandarin chū èr / chu1 er4
Taiwan ch`u erh / chu erh
Japanese hatsuji / はつじ
Chinese 2nd year in junior middle school; 2nd day of a lunar month; 2nd day of lunar New Year
Japanese (given name) Hatsuji
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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初値

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Japanese hatsune / はつね Japanese (1) first quotation for a stock at the first exchange meeting of the New Year; (2) initial share price during a public offering

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初凪

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Japanese hatsunagi / はつなぎ Japanese first lull of the year; lull on New Year's Day; (female given name) Hatsunagi

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初姿

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Japanese hatsusugata / はつすがた Japanese first wearing (of kimono) in the New Year

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初子

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Japanese hatsune / はつね    uigo;hatsugo / ういご;はつご Japanese (1) first Day of the Rat of the New Year; (2) first Day of the Rat of the month (esp. of the 11th month); first child; (female given name) Hatsune; (female given name) Hatsuko; (female given name) Someko; (female given name) Uiko

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初日

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Mandarin chū rì / chu1 ri4
Taiwan ch`u jih / chu jih
Japanese hatsuhi / はつひ    shonichi / しょにち
Japanese New Year's Day sunrise; (n-adv,n-t) first or opening day; (f,p) Hatsuhi
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初春

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Japanese shoshun;hatsuharu / しょしゅん;はつはる Japanese (1) beginning of spring; (2) (See 睦月・1) first month of the lunar calendar; New Year; (female given name) Hatsuharu

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初湯

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Japanese hatsuyu / はつゆ Japanese first bath of the New Year

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初烏

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Japanese hatsugarasu / はつがらす Japanese crow cawing on New Year's Day

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初空

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Japanese hatsusora;hatsuzora / はつそら;はつぞら Japanese sky on New Year's morning; (female given name) Hatsuku

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初詣

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Japanese hatsumoude / hatsumode / はつもうで Japanese first shrine visit of New Year

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初釜

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Japanese hatsugama / はつがま Japanese first tea ceremony of New Year

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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersVarious forms of Romanized Chinese
Happy New Year新年快樂
新年快乐
xīn nián kuài lè
xin1 nian2 kuai4 le4
xin nian kuai le
xinniankuaile
hsin nien k`uai le
hsinnienkuaile
hsin nien kuai le
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.



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