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CNY greetings - fun cards and crossword

Family chorusing Chinese New Year greetings

What greetings do I use?

Other than these common greetings 新年快乐 & 恭喜发财, how about something different this lunar new year? How about these?

  • 大吉大利 (dà jí dà lì) - May you have good luck

  • 吉祥如意 (jí xiáng rú yì) - May you have good fortune

  • 万事顺意 (wàn shì shùn yì) - May everything go well for you

  • 青春永驻 (qīng chūn yǒng zhù) - May you be young and beautiful forever

  • 春节快乐 (chūn jié kuài lè) - Happy Spring Festival

  • 事业有成 (shì yè yǒu chéng) - Wishing you every success in your career

  • 诸事顺利 (zhū shì shùn lì) - May all be smooth sailing for you

  • 快高长大 (kuài gāo zhǎng dà ) - May you grow tall and big

  • 学业有成 (xué yè yǒu chéng) - Wishing you every success in your studies

  • 心想事成 (xīn xiǎng shì chéng) - May all your wishes come true

  • 金玉满堂 (jīn yù mǎn táng ) - May your home be filled with wealth and treasures

  • 金榜题名 ( jīn bǎng tí míng) - May you ace your examination

  • 岁岁平安(suìi suì píng ān) - May you have peace and safety year after year

  • 平步青云 (píng bù qīng yún) - May you have a meteoric rise

  • 步步高升 (bù bù gāo shēng) - May you reach higher levels with each step

  • 吉星高照 (jí xīng gāo zhào) - May your lucky star shine upon you

These greetings can be downloaded from as a printable file (PDF) which yields a deck of fun cards and a crossword puzzle.

CNY greetings - fun cards

With some printing (preferably on stiffer paper) and cutting, you can turn the first few pages of the PDF into a deck of fun cards.

Fun cards (printed with CNY greetings) and some of their uses

There are so many ways to use these fun cards:

  • play a lunar new year variation of a memory game (print twice so that you get matching cards)

  • put them up as part of your new year decorations

  • personalise them by painting the background (of those that have white background)

  • insert them into angpow (together with the money of course)

  • keep them with you for a sneak review before you say the greeting

  • play some form of card game with them (based on your own rules)

  • use them as flashcards.

CNY greetings - crossword puzzle

Need some familiarisation before saying the greetings? Do it the fun way. Play the crossword on the second to last page of the PDF.

Crossword puzzle for Chinese New Year greetings


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