3 Popular Lunar New Year Proverbs

Each Lunar New Year, it is tradition to greet friends and family with proverbs wishing them prosperity, health, luck and happiness. What you commonly hear is the Cantonese greeting 恭喜發財 Kung Hai Fat Choy (Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin) which translates literally to “Congratulations + Good Luck” but means “Happy New Year.”

Another on is 身體健康 Sun Tai Geen Hong in Cantonese / Shēn Tǐ Jiàn Kāng which translates to “Body + Health” and means “Wishing you health.”

These phrases are sometimes printed on traditional Chinese proverb posters which are called 揮春 Fai Chun in Cantonese and Hui Chun in Mandarin. They are made for special occasions like Lunar New Year.

One popular proverb is 年年有餘 Leen Leen Yow Yu (Cantonese) / Nian Nian You Yu (Mandarin) which means “every year, have plenty.” The last word ample/plentiful “Yu” is a homonym or pun (i.e. they sound the same) to the word Fish in Chinese 魚.

So we wish you all Gung Hai Fat Choy, Sun Tai Geen Hong and Leen Leen Yow Yu 年年有魚 – may  we have many fish and growth in the movement every year. Let’s rock the year of the Dragon with some unforgettable victories for sharks and our oceans!

If you’re in Vancouver next Sunday, look for our shark mascots and get a free hug at the Vancouver Chinatown New Year parade!

Sunday, January 29th, 2012
12:00pm – 2pm 

Starts at the Millennium Gate on Pender Street (between Shanghai Alley and Taylor Street), proceeds east along Pender Street, turns south onto Gore Street, turns west onto Keefer Street and then disperses at Keefer and Columbia. See map here.

We hope to see you on Sunday!

This Lunar Year, is the year of the Water Dragon! The Dragon is a legendary creature in Chinese culture that represents the sky or heaven in Chinese. Those born in the year of the Dragon are honest and brave.