The Meaning of the Cantonese Chinese New Year Greeting

The Cantonese phrase “gong hei fat choy” which is said during the Chinese Lunar New Year does not translate to “Happy New Year” in English, rather it translates to “wishing you to be prosperous in the coming year” and is in reference primarily to finance as this is viewed as one of the most, if not the most important consideration when starting a new year in the Chinese culture

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