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Which "happy new year"?

Postby yuli » 28 Jan 2011, 11:24

When i lived in Canada, my Hongkong friends taught me the expression "kung hei fat choi" as a new year's greeting, and I'm wondering which expression people in Taiwan commonly use during the cny season, both when writing, such as on cards, banners, etc., and when speaking. (I haven't yet had the experience of being in Taiwan during these festivities, and i will miss them this year, too, since I'll be out of the country until the last third of February).

May i ask you to help me here? I'd like to have your some kind of popularity ranking concerning the following expressions and also would like to ask for other expressions that i haven't listed here if you know any. Many thanks in advance!

新年快樂 xīnniánkuàilè
新年進步 xīnniánjìnbù
恭賀新禧 gōnghèxīnxǐ
歲歲平安 suìsuìpíng'ān
招財進寶 zhāocáijìnbǎo
恭喜發財 gōngxǐfācái

And are these (versions known in Japan) used at all?
恭賀新年 gōnghèxīnnián
謹賀新年 jǐnhèxīnnián
 
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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby Toasty » 28 Jan 2011, 11:28

First and last as greetings. The third and fifth are commonly put on banners. 招財進寶 is commonly displayed as a single character.
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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby Taffy » 28 Jan 2011, 11:28

You also see 萬事如意 [wànshì rúyì] a lot.
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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby yuli » 28 Jan 2011, 11:31

Taffy wrote:You also see 萬事如意 [wànshì rúyì] a lot.

Toasty wrote:First and last as greetings. The third and fifth are commonly put on banners. 招財進寶 is commonly displayed as a single character.

Wow, that was fast... Which single character? :)
 
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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby Toasty » 28 Jan 2011, 11:34

Images available on a google search. Can't type it.
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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby yuli » 28 Jan 2011, 11:39

Toasty wrote:Images available on a google search. Can't type it.

This one by chance? 福
 
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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby Toasty » 28 Jan 2011, 11:41

No. It's a composite of all the characters in 招財進寶 Just stick the characters into google for pics. I'm too lazy to link to images. Maybe someone else will.
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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby yuli » 28 Jan 2011, 11:43

Toasty wrote:No. It's a composite of all the characters in 招財進寶 Just stick the characters into google for pics. I'm too lazy to link to images. Maybe someone else will.

I see... will check google images... :)
 
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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby Taffy » 28 Jan 2011, 11:44

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Re: Which "happy new year"?

Postby yuli » 28 Jan 2011, 12:33

Taffy wrote:Image

Ah... i SEE. Thanks...!

Google didn't get me there but showed me things like this:
http://eventful365.blogspot.com/2009/01 ... -year.html

And eventually i found that same symbol here:
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinesisches_Neujahrsfest
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