Chinese New Year 2023

Posted on: 20 January 2023 by Adele Curley in Blog posts

A graphic of a gold rabbit inside a gold ring on a red background. The University logo is in the top left hand corner. Image text: Happy Chinese New Year from the School of EEECS. Below the image is happy new year in chinese.
Chinese New Year of the Rabbit

The Chinese New Year of the Rabbit begins on Sunday 22 January 2023 and celebrations culminate with the Lantern Festival on 5 February 2023.

Each year is represented by one of 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac – including the Rooster, Rabbit, Snake, and Dragon, among others. The Chinese zodiac has a 12-year cycle, so the previous Years of the Rabbit were 2011, 1999, and 1987.

Each animal is also assigned an element – metal, earth, wood, water, or fire. 2023’s Rabbit will be a Water Rabbit. The sign of the Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.


Below are some common greetings used during Chinese New Year:

How to say best wishes in Chinese for the year of the Rabbit 2023

Best wishes specifically for the Year of the Rabbit:

Too nian da ji - Good luck to the year of the Rabbit


Too nian kuwai lur - Happy year of the Rabbit to you


(you have probably already figured out that ‘rabbit’ is pronounced as ‘tu’ in Chinese, so same as ‘too’ in English)

Best wishes for every Chinese New Year:

Jin yu man tang- May you have gold and jade filling the hall (abundant wealth; abundance of knowledge)


Swi swi ping an - May you have peace year after year


Nian nian you yu- (may you) have abundance year after year / (an auspicious saying for the Lunar New Year)


Chun jaye kuwai lur - Happy Chinese lunar new year (most commonly used among Chinese)


Wan shi ru yi - All the best wishes to you


Gong shi fa tsai - Wish you great fortune


Shiao co chang kai – Wish you smile every day


Shin ti jian kang- Wish you good health


Yi fan feng shun - Wish you a smooth and happy year


See if you can spot any of these phrases being used in our staff greeting video below.....

How to celebrate...

Hong bao, red envelope with cash

Traditionally, older Chinese distribute money in paper red packets to younger people during the Lunar New Year to pass on good fortune, such as from adults to children, from married adults to unmarried ones in the family, from employers to employees, or simply among friends. Nowadays, sending electronic "Hongbao," or red packets via WeChat, has become a "modern tradition".

National Spring Gala

This is a must-watch show that broadcasts from 8 p.m. to midnight on Chinese New Year's Eve. It is a mix of comedy acts, songs and dance, acrobatics and magic, representing the highest level of entertainment by top-notch performers.


Dumplings for Chinese New Year are like turkeys for Christmas. It’s a very festive dish at the reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve. Making dumplings together is a bonding moment where families catch up and reflect on what happened in the past year.


The School of EEECS is holding a Chinese New Year Celebration event on Friday 20th January. If you can, why not come along for some delicious cake?

A flyer for the Chinese New Year 2023 celebration which says 'Let's come together and celebrate the new year and enjoy some delicious cake baked by staff from the School of Electrical Engineering, Electronics & Computer Science. Date: Friday 20th January 2023. Time: 12 noon to 2pm. Location: Foyter of EEE Building. Vegan options available.

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Finally, to everyone celebrating, the School of EEECS wishes you