What to Say to Gong Xi Fa Cai?

2010-02-09 — Good Characters (Leave a message)

When people greet you with Gong Hey Fat Choy (恭禧發財, Cantonese) or Gong Xi Fa Cai (恭禧發財, Mandarin) during the Chinese New Year, what do you say?

Simply respond with the same phrase they used. It means “Wishing you a prosperous year, too.”

Or, to a close friend or colleague you can say, “Hong Bao Na Lai,” (紅包拿來) which is “May I have the red envelope, please!”

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