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Chinese New Year 2018: 17 greetings, sayings and quotes to welcome in the Year of the Dog
Chinese New Year celebrations at National Maritime Museum in London 2017 (Picture: PA)

Today marks the start of the new Chinese New Year – the year of the dog.

The Chinese New Year begins on the 23rd day of the 12th month of the Chinese lunar calendar.

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The festival itself lasts 15 days with families celebrating with huge feasts, parties, dressing up and taking part in street parades.

It is also a time to wish loved ones good fortune for the future.

Here are 17 greetings, sayings and quotes to share in both Chinese and English this Chinese New Year.

17 greetings, sayings and quotes to wish someone

Performers put the finishing touches to their outfits ahead of the start of the Chinese New Year parade in London, part of the Chinese New Year's celebrations to mark the beginning of the year of the Rooster. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday January 29, 2017. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Performers put the finishing touches to their outfits ahead of the start of the Chinese New Year parade last year in London (Picture: PA)

1) Gǒu nián jí xiáng – Good luck for the year of the dog

2) Gǒu nián dà jí – Lots of luck for this year of the dog

3) Chūn jié kuài lè – Happy Spring Festival

4) Jí xiáng rú yì – Good fortune according to your wishes

5) Xīn xiǎng shì chénɡ – May all your wishes come true

6) Xīn nián kuài lè – Have a Happy New Year

7) Cái yuán guǎng jìn – May wealth flow in

8) Yī běn wàn lì – Hope you put in a small investment and reap a huge profit

9) Bù bù gāo shēng – May every step take you higher

10) Shēng guān fā cái – May you get promoted and receive a raise

11) Xiào kǒu cháng kāi – May you smile often

12) Hé qì jí xiáng quán jiā lè – Wish you harmony and joy for the whole family

13) Sì jì píng ān guò wàng nián – Wish you four seasons of peace and a flourishing year

14) Wǔ fú lín mén – May the five blessings come to you (These are longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and a natural death)

15) Hé qì shēng cái – May harmony bring wealth

16) Nián nián yǒu yú – May you have abundance every year

17) Dà jí dà lì – May you have great luck and great profit

(Source: China Highlights / Fluentu)

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