Chinese New Year 2014 is on Jan. 31st, 2014. According to Lunar Year Calendar, 2014 is the Year of the Horse.
春节(chūnjié) Chinese New Year or Spring Festival is the most traditional and grand festival in China. It falls on the first of every January in the lunar calendar. 除夕(chúxī) Chinese New Year's Eve is the last day of last year and means ringing out the old year and ringing in the new. There are three main activities in Chinese New Year's Eve: having 团圆饭(tuányuánfàn) family reunion dinner or 年夜饭(niányèfàn) the dinner on new year's evening, 祭祀(jìsì) offering sacrifices to ancestors and 守夜(shŏuyè) staying up. You can taste all kinds of food for Chinese New Year including different dishes, which includes dumplings and new-year's rice-cake which is very popular in the south of China. When staying up, children can gain 压岁钱(yāsuìqián) gift money from their 长辈(zhăngbèi) seniorities, symbolizing good wishes for safeness. Many people also will put up 春联(chūnlián) Spring Festival couplets and New Year paintings on their doors and walls this day. 大年初一(dà nián chū yī) The first day of Chinese New Year is a time when families 拜年(bàinián) visit the oldest and most senior members of their extended family, usually their parents, grandparents or great-grandparents. Celebrations for Chinese New Year vary from different places, but basically in China people will invite 舞龙舞狮(wǔlóng wǔshī) a dragon and lion dance troupe and 放鞭炮(fàng biānpào) set off fireworks and firecrackers as symbolic rituals to usher in the Lunar New Year as well as to evict bad spirits from the premises.
On Chinese New Year, you can hear all kinds of greetings for Chinese New Year, such as "新年好(xīnnián hăo) Happy New Year!" and "新年快乐(xīnnián kuàilè) Happy New Year!" There are other common greetings such as "恭喜发财(gōngxǐ fācái)," which means "Wish You Great Prosperity!" and "蛇年吉祥(shénián jíxiáng)," which means "Good Luck in the Year of the Snake!," for the upcoming Year of the Snake has become very popular. And now, text messages are a popular way for people to greet each other. Text message greetings for Chinese New Year are usually used by many people.

1. 欢欢喜喜迎新年,万事如意平安年,扬眉吐气顺心年,梦想成真发财年,事业辉煌成功年,祝君岁岁有好年!
   
    Huānhuānxǐxǐ yíng xīnnián, wànshìrúyì píng'ān nián, yángméitǔqì shùnxīn nián, mèngxiăngchéngzhēn fācái
    nián, shìyè huīhuáng chénggōng nián, zhù jūn suìsuì yŏu hăo nián!

    Welcome the New Year happily! All will be well in the safe year; feel proud and elated in the satisfactory year; hope
    your dreams come true in the wealthy year; Wish you a brilliant career in the successful year. Wish you well in the
    years to come!

2. 新年祝福你,好运陪着你,财神跟着你,名车属于你,霉运躲着你,喜事围绕你,我呢时时伴着你。
    
    Xīnnián zhùfú nǐ, hăoyùn péizhe nǐ, cáishén gēnzhe nǐ, míngchē shǔyú nǐ, méiyùn duŏzhe nǐ, xǐshì wéirào nǐ,
    wŏ ne shíshí bànzhe nǐ.

    Bless you in the New Year with good luck accompanying you with wealth following you, a name brand car belonging
    to you, misfortune avoiding you, and happy occasions around you. And for me, I will often accompany you.

There are many melodious songs for Chinese New Year which people sing or listen to during the Chinese New Year. Some popular and classic examples are "新年好(xīnnián hăo) Happy New Year," "欢乐中国年(huānlè zhōngguó nián) Happy Chinese New Year," "过新年(guò xīnnián) Celebrations for Chinese New year," and "恭喜恭喜(gōngxǐ gōngxǐ) Good Wishes to You," etc. Here, we provide one of them for you to learn. If you want to learn more songs for Chinese New Year, please sign up for a free trial!
恭喜恭喜(gōngxǐ gōngxǐ) Good Wishes to You
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每条大街小巷,每个人的嘴里;
Měi tiáo dàjiē xiăoxiàng, měi gè rén de zuǐ lǐ;
Everyone meets each other in the streets and lanes;

见面第一句话,就是恭喜恭喜。
Jiànmiàn dì yī jù huà, jiù shì gōngxǐ gōngxǐ.
And says good wishes to you as the first sentence.

恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀,恭喜恭喜恭喜你。
Gōngxǐ gōngxǐ gōngxǐ nǐ yɑ, gōngxǐ gōngxǐ gōngxǐ nǐ.
Good wishes to you, good wishes to you!


冬天已到尽头,真是好的消息;
Dōngtiān yǐ dào jìntóu, zhēn shì hăo de xiāoxi;
It is really good news that the winter has come to an end

温暖的春风,吹醒了大地。
Wēnnuăn de chūnfēng, chuī xǐng le dà dì.
warm spring breeze wakes up the earth.

恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀,恭喜恭喜恭喜你。
Gōngxǐ gōngxǐ gōngxǐ nǐ yɑ, gōngxǐ gōngxǐ gōngxǐ nǐ.
Good wishes to you, good wishes to you!


皓皓冰雪溶解,眼看梅花吐蕊;
Hàohào bīngxuě róngjiě, yăn kàn méihuā tǔruǐ;
The snow has melted and the plum blossom is in bud;

漫漫长夜过去,听到一声鸡啼。
Mànmàn cháng yè guò qù, tīng dào yì shēng jī tí.
Long night has past, and the cock crows.

恭喜恭喜恭喜你呀,恭喜恭喜恭喜你。
Gōngxǐ gōngxǐ gōngxǐ nǐ yɑ, gōngxǐ gōngxǐ gōngxǐ nǐ.
Good wishes to you, good wishes to you!

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