|Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is known as "Spring Festival," the literal translation of the Chinese name 春節 (Pinyin: Ch?njié), since the spring season in Chinese calendar starts with lichun, the first solar term in a Chinese calendar year. It marks the end of the winter season, analogous to the Western carnival. The festival begins on the first day of the first month (Chinese: 正月; pinyin: Zh?ngyuè) in the traditional Chinese calendar and ends with Lantern Festival which is on the 15th day. Chinese New Year's Eve, a day where Chinese families gather for their annual reunion dinner, is known as Chúx? (除夕) or "Eve of the Passing Year." Because the Chinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the "Lunar New Year". (Source: Wikipedia)
Common Greeting Sayings in Chinese New Year
新年快乐(xīn nián kuài lè) Happy New Year!
过年好 (guò nián hǎo) Happy New Year!
新年进步 (xīn nián jìn bù) New Year’s progress (This is appropriate to greet any person, no matter elder, young or of any relationship.)
恭喜 (gōng xǐ fā cái) happy and prosperous (It is always used as the phrase when one receiving gifts or lucky money during Chinese New Year.)
财源广进 (cái yuán guǎng jìn) wealth pores in from all directions
年年有余 (nián nián yǒu yú) always get more than you wish for (a wish for surpluses and bountiful harvests every year.)
吉星高照 (jí xīng gāo zhào) smiles of fortune
吉祥如意 (jí xiáng rú yì) good fortunes as you wishes