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How to say Merry Christmas in Cantonese? Festive greetings in Cantonese

Festive greetings in Cantonese

It is holiday time again!  Do you know how to greet your friends in Cantonese?  In this lesson, festive greetings in Cantonese for festivals being celebrated in Hong Kong will be introduced.

How to say Merry Christmas in Cantonese?

Merry Christmas in Cantonese is 聖誕快樂 [sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6], which 聖誕 [sing3 daan3] means Christmas in Cantonese.

Another way to say Christmas in Cantonese is 聖誕節 [sing3 daan3 zit3], thus you can also say 聖誕節快樂 [sing3 daan3 zit3 faai3 lok6] for Merry Christmas in Cantonese.

Most of the festive greetings in Cantonese is created by combining the name of the festival with 快樂 [faai3 lok6], the adjective that means happy in Cantonese.

sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6

聖誕快樂

Merry Christmas

How to say Happy Birthday in Cantonese?

Happy birthday in Cantonese is 生日快樂 [saang1 jat6 faai3 lok6], which 生日 [saang1 jat6] means birthday in Cantonese.

saang1 jat6 faai3 lok6

生日快樂

Happy birthday

How to say Happy Valentine’s Day in Cantonese?

Happy Valentine’s Day in Cantonese is 情人節快樂 [cing4 jan4 zit3 faai3 lok6], which 情人節 [cing4 jan4 zit3] means Valentine’s day in Cantonese.

cing4 jan4 zit3 faai3 lok6

情人節快樂

Happy Valentine’s Day

How to say Happy New Year in Cantonese?

Happy New Year in Cantonese is 新年快樂 [san1 nin4 faai3 lok6], which 新年 [san1 nin4] means New Year in Cantonese.  This greeting can be used in both New Year and Chinese New Year.

san1 nin4 faai3 lok6

新年快樂

Happy New Year

How to say Happy Easter in Cantonese?

Happy Easter in Cantonese is 復活節快樂 [fuk6 wut6 zit3 faai3 lok6], which 復活節 [fuk6 wut6 zit3] means Easter in Cantonese.

fuk6 wut6 zit3 faai3 lok6

復活節快樂

Happy Easter

How to say Happy Father’s Day in Cantonese?

Happy Father’s Day in Cantonese is 父親節快樂 [fu6 can1 zit3 faai3 lok6], which 父親節 [fu6 can1 zit3] means Father’s Day in Cantonese.

fu6 can1 zit3 faai3 lok6

父親節快樂

Happy Father’s Day

How to say Happy Mother’s Day in Cantonese?

Happy Mother’s Day in Cantonese is 母親節快樂 [mou5 can1 zit3 faai3 lok6], which 母親節 [mou5 can1 zit3] means Mother’s Day in Cantonese.

mou5 can1 zit3 faai3 lok6

母親節快樂

Happy Mother’s Day

How to say Happy Children’s Day in Cantonese?

Happy Children’s Day in Cantonese is 兒童節快樂 [ji4 tung4 zit3 faai3 lok6], which 兒童節 [ji4 tung4 zit3] means Children’s Day in Cantonese.

ji4 tung4 zit3 faai3 lok6

兒童節快樂

Happy Children’s Day

How to say Happy Mid-Autumn Festival in Cantonese?

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival in Cantonese is 中秋節快樂 [zung1 cau1 zit3 faai3 lok6], which 中秋節 [zung1 cau1 zit3] means Mid-Autumn Festival in Cantonese.

zung1 cau1 zit3 faai3 lok6

中秋節快樂

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival

How to say Happy Dragon Boat Festival in Cantonese?

Happy Dragon Boat Festival in Cantonese is 端午節快樂 [dyun1 ng5 zit3 faai3 lok6], which 端午節 [dyun1 ng5 zit3] means Dragon Boat Festival in Cantonese.

dyun1 ng5 zit3 faai3 lok6

端午節快樂

Happy Dragon Boat Festival

How to say Happy Thanksgiving in Cantonese?

Happy Thanksgiving in Cantonese is 感恩節快樂 [gam2 jan1 zit3 faai3 lok6], which 感恩節 [gam2 jan1 zit3] means Thanksgiving in Cantonese.

gam2 jan1 zit3 faai3 lok6

感恩節快樂

Happy Thanksgiving

How to say Kung Hei Fat Choi in Cantonese?

Everyone knows Kung Hei Fat Choi, but do you know how to read and write it in Cantonese?  Kung Hei Fat Choi in Cantonese is 恭喜發財 [gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4].

gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4

恭喜發財

May prosperity be with you

Besides Kung Hei Fat Choi, there are much more festive greetings in Cantonese you can use during Chinese New Year.

Using festive greetings in Cantonese in a sentence

All greetings you learnt above can be said alone.  If you want to be more specific on who is the one you want to bless, you can use the following sentence structures.  These sentences are created in the structure of pivotal construction(兼語式) .

With that being said, 恭喜發財 [gung1 hei2 faat3 coi4] is usually not used in the following structure.  It sounds redundant as 恭喜 [gung1 hei2] and verb 祝 [zuk1] have a very similar meaning.

zuk1 daai6 gaa1 sing3 daan3 faai3 lok6

祝大家聖誕快樂。

I wish you all a Merry Christmas.

Type of sentence structurePivotal construction
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePivotPredicate
Part of speech/VerbNounNoun
Words in sentence/大家聖誕快樂

zuk1 nei5 saang1 jat6 faai3 lok6

祝你生日快樂。

I wish you have a happy birthday.

Type of sentence structurePivotal construction
Functions in sentenceSubjectPredicatePivotPredicate
Part of speech/VerbNounNoun
Words in sentence/生日快樂

Reference

  1. 粵典。「快樂
  2. 粵典。「新年
  3. 粵典。「農曆新年
  4. 粵典。「聖誕
  5. 粵典。「中秋節
  6. 粵典。「端午節
  7. 粵典。「復活節
  8. 粵典。「情人節
  9. 粵典。「父親節
  10. 粵典。「母親節
  11. 粵典。「兒童節
  12. 粵典。「感恩節

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