Happy Chinese New Year !
January 11, 2012 6:05 PM Subscribe
Chinese New Year - how/when/who when saying 'Happy New Year'.
If you are not Chinese at all (that's me) and you live somewhere that's not very Chinese (that's New Zealand) what's the polite thing to do regarding Chinese New Year with people who are ethnically Chinese ?
posted by southof40 to Society & Culture (15 answers total)
In my work I come across a couple of people who are ethnically Chinese .
Is it OK to say 'Happy New Year' (in English), or some other English phrase, at some point after the Chinese New Year (which I believe is 23rd January this year) ? Is saying it before the date OK ?
I feel like saying this in, eg, Cantonese would be better but then they may be, eg, Mandarin speakers ? Is there some Chinese language phrase which would be better and which traverses most Chinese languages (seems unlikely but I thought I'd ask).
For how long after the date is it is reasonable to say this ?
If you're a relatively casual work acquaintaince (as opposed to family / friends) would it be considered too forward to do this ?