You need to know about Chinese New Year: Celebrating the Beginning of the Year
On the morning of the first day of Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), families first set off some firecrackers before going out, in order to drive away evil spirits. On this day, the most important thing for Chinese is to “Bài Nián” (拜年, to wish a happy New Year) – people pay visits to relatives, friends, and neighbors and to people of the older generation.
How to Say “Happy New Year” in Chinese
The two common ways to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese are:
新年好！(xīn nián hǎo)
Have a good New Year!
新年快乐！(xīn nián kuài lè)
Have a Happy New Year!
Both phrases work well and are widely accepted.
Generally, you’d begin with greeting the person by name. Especially if the person is older than you, someone in your family or someone with authority, you must address them with their position or title. For example:
“奶奶，新年快乐！” (nǎi nǎi，xīn nián kuài lè)
“Grandma, Happy New Year!
“李老師，新年好。” (lǐ lǎoshī，xīn nián hǎo)
“Miss Li, Happy New Year.”
“小南，新年快乐！” (xiǎo nán，xīn nián kuài lè)
Nan, Happy New Year.