Writing Happy Chinese New Year
in Chinese

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!

One of the most common greetings you are likely to hear during Chinese New Year is Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái, which literally translates into "Best Wishes and Greetings, Much Wealth and Prosperity" for the coming year.

And here we will teach you how to write it in Chinese stroke by stroke so you can draw your own greeting cards, or make some banners to hang in your home.

Vertical banners are placed side by side at entrances, gates and doors to welcome guests and wish everyone a happy, healthy, wealthy New Year and let all that good fortune usher through your door!

Best Wishes For a Prosperous New Year - Chinese Gong Xi Fa Cai- Learn how to write these four characters to make 
your banners to decorate your home.  Vertical banners are placed side by side in the front door to welcome guests and wish 
everyone a happy, healthy, wealthy New Year!

All four characters are easy to write. These are the simplified characters, even though a couple might look a bit daunting, just trace them slowly following each stroke, and remember practice makes perfect!

Gōng is our first character, as a standalone it means literally "respectful".

Chinese character writing Gong
Gōng
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Xǐ means to like, to enjoy, to be happy as well as joy, happiness, delight. The phrase Gōng Xǐ means "Congratulations" or "Greetings"

Chinese character writing Xi
Xǐ
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The third character Fā literally means to "develop", to "become" as well as to "show" one's feelings. It's a simple one with only 5 strokes:

Chinese character writing Fa
Fā
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That leaves us with the last one Cái, a very useful one: wealth, riches, prosperity! And thus the phrase, Fā Cái means to "develop" wealth, or become rich and prosper.

Chinese character writing Cai
Cái
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And there you have it!

Writing Chinese Characters for Happy Chinese New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai

Gōng

Writing Chinese Characters for Happy Chinese New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai

Xǐ

Writing Chinese Characters for Happy Chinese New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai

Fā

Writing Chinese Characters for Happy Chinese New Year - Gong Xi Fa Cai

Cái

For a more literal translation of HAPPY NEW YEAR, we say:

Xīn Nián Kuài Lè!!!!

Learn how to write that here.

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May the New Year turn out to be a very special one for you and your family...
filling each day with peak of health...
abundance of happiness...
bountiful prosperity...
and Zen like serenity...

Gōng Xǐ Fā Cái!

Let's Celebrate!

You can decorate easily with traditional or battery-operated lanterns, paper cuttings, lucky coins and banners to add a splash to the celebrations!

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