What Is The Meaning Of The Cantonese Phrase 'Gung Hay Fat Choy'?


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Lucy Burroughs answered
"Gung hay fat choy," which is written as 恭喜发财, is Cantonese for "May you come into good fortune." This phrase is the most widely-used and popular way of wishing someone a happy Chinese New Year.

About Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the most important of the Chinese holidays, and is known as the Spring Festival in China. There's no set date for Chinese New Year - it all depends on the lunisolar calendar (based on the moon phase and time of the solar year). In 2013, Chinese New Year will fall on the 10th of February, and will be the Zodiac Year of the Snake.

Spelling Variations of "Gung Hay Fat Choy" As "Gung hay fat choy" is a transliteration of the Chinese characters 恭喜发财, there is no definitive way of spelling it. Other variations include:
  • Gung hei fat choy
  • Gung hei fat choi
  • Kung hei fat choy
  • Kung hay fat choy
  • Kung hei fat choi
  • Kong hei fat choi
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Anonymous answered
Gung Hay Fat Choy means "Best wishes and
Congratulations. Have a prosperous and good year."

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