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灯笼 means lantern in the general sense, that is, a portable lighting device or mounted light fixture used to illuminate broad areas. The hot air balloon you described is 'sky lantern', which is called 天灯 (sky lantern) or 孔明灯 (Kongming Lantern) in Chinese.


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Yes. 新年=New Year, while it does not specify whether it's the new year of the Chinese calendar(农历) or the Gregorian calendar(公历). So it's ok to say 新年快乐 in both cases. And normally we'll interpret it based on the context. If you wish to be more specific, you can use 元旦 for 公历新年 and 春节 for 农历新年. Edit: My personal opinion about the usage of 快乐 in greetings (...


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You can search "蛇年祝福语" online, but most of the results are artificial and aren't as classy as the 龙 ones. If you look up for Chengyu's that contain 蛇, you'll see the majority of them are negative, due to snake's symbolic meaning in Chinese culture. Even novelists complained that it's very difficult to come up with greeting lines with 蛇. The last link ...


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Yes, mainlanders say this. At the very least, my wife says this to other mainlanders and she is from 黑龙江. She seems to vary between 春节快乐 and 新年快乐. Mainland expats at my work have been saying 新年快乐 to me all day too, but I haven't heard a 春节快乐 yet :-)


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"Happy (快乐)" is not a traditional greeting. I believe that it came to the Chinese language with English greetings such as "happy new year" and "happy birthday", which the majority of younger people adopted as the standard greeting of virtually all special days. When it comes to the oral noun, "Spring Festival (春节)" is definitely said more often than "new ...


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Just as you said 春节快乐!(chun jie kuai le, Happy Chinese New Year!) 今年是什么年? you could answer 龙年.That's OK! But 龙年 is not often used in Chinese culture nowadays.Even if in the ancient time,we use 壬辰年 to indicate the year,because there are 5个龙年 in every 60 years.However,there are also 1个壬辰年 every 60 years.So we use the 年号(emperor's symbol)to indicate the ...


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Usually Chinese can say "新年快乐" and "新年好" on both January 1st and Chinese new year(Spring Festival). But "过年好" is only used at Chinese new year. Also "新春快乐" is used at Chinese new year only,but it is for written or formal occasions. At least in northern China,恭喜发财!is not used frequently I guess.Maybe businessman like to say that?I'm not sure.


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新年快乐 (Xīnnián kuàilè) 新年好 (xīn nián hǎo) 过年好 (guò nián hǎo) Here is a comprehensive guide about Chinese New Year and New Year greetings.


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Whether it is a "greeting" specifically might be arguable, but if you watch the CCTV Chinese New Year Gala ("春晚", colloquially), you will hear a fairly steady stream of "新年快乐"s. It is most definitely a very normal thing for Chinese people in China say to one another. If you are looking for a greeting specifically, some of the things rwei suggested like "...


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Because 新年快乐 is such a standard form of saying it, sometimes it may make it feel you don't have the enthusiasm when you say it. A more cheerful and upbeat form of saying it may be 恭喜发财!(may you be prosperous), or even a form of 恭喜!恭喜!恭喜发财! for the warmth and enthusiasm.


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to your gf, you just say, 亲爱的,在新的一年我会更爱你呀。 Honey, I will love you more in the coming new year


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Hm, Chinese New Year is not just between BF and GF, all Chinese celebrate Chinese New Year. I think this is the reason why someone voted down this question, but never mind, there is something much more important. Since you asked. and there must be related with Chinese New Year, greetings, GF. I think you can say... ok, here we go. honey, 新春快乐,我希望和你度过下一个甲午年。...


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Traditionally, the Spring Festival starts from 23rd December (lunar month), 23rd December is also called 小年 (little Spring Festival) There is an old saying... 二十三,祭灶官;二十四,扫房子;二十五,糊窗户 (or 磨豆腐);二十六,割块肉;二十七,杀只鸡;二十八,贴gaga(嘎嘎音,意为贴春联);二十九,灌壶酒;年三十,包扁食。 Basically, it describes what people do each day from 小年 to Chinese New Year Eve (三十).


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The zodiac animal should be the answer. As you know, the Gregorian calendar is widely used in China, it is hard to image one not knowing the year. So when this is asked, the answer would be the zodiac animal.



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