Chinese New Year is here! On this day, we visit our families and relatives to bai neen (“to wish one a Happy New Year”). We took the boys to visit my mother, Mr. Piggy’s parents, grandparents, and his aunts. On top of receiving red envelopes, we also ate different snacks throughout the day, it was nice to have CNY so close to a weekend.

urlWhen we go, we would bring some goody bags (fruits and candies) and greet our everyone with warm wishes. Here are the more common phrases we say:

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Wishing you a great fortune and prosperity.

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May you rise higher in every step of the way (direct translation), meaning to have a good prospect in job promotion.

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May you bring in wealth and all treasures will come to you.

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May everything go as smoothly as you planned.

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May you accomplish whatever you set to do.

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