02 February 2011

GONG XI FA CAI 2011


Specially dedicated to all my family, in-laws, friends and readers


GONG XI FA CAI
Gong Xi (恭禧) is congratulations or respectfully wishing one joy.
Fa Cai (發財) is to become rich or to make money.
Thus, Gong Xi Fa Cai means wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year.

KEONG HEE HUAT CHYE
Keong Hee means Congratulations
and Huat Chye means grow money
‎"Keong Hee Huat Chye" literally means congratulations to your prosperity 
and this is what all Hokkiens wish each other during the chinese new year.

KUNG HEI FATT CHOY
is the Cantonese version of the above greeting

XIN NIAN KUAI LE
Xin Nian (新年) is New Year. Xin is new and Nian is year.
Kuai le (快樂) is happiness, joy, delight, or rejoicings.
So "Happy New Year" in English is "New Year Happy" in Chinese.



Finally I understand the different greetings.  Found these from browsing several sites.  Thank you to those who put it up.

(pic from photobucket)

3 comments:

de minimis said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai and Happy Holidays to you, Lita

STEEST said...

Hey de minimis

Wasn't expecting any comment. So thank you very much.

Lita

Uncle Lee said...

Hello Steest, how you doin'?
Really nice of you to come by.
From Canada, wishing you and family a very happy Rabbit year...
Stay young and keep a song in your heart.
Best regards,
Lee.