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How to Say Happy Birthday in Chinese

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Happy Birthday in Chinese for Children

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Happy Birthday in Chinese for Young/Middle-Aged Females

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Happy Birthday in Chinese for the Elderly

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​three different dates ​why in China ​gift​confident that you ​common, many people still ​two and sometimes ​at birth. This tradition explains ​

​lǐwù​now feel more ​is becoming more ​one person having ​
​one year old ​礼物​attend one, we hope you ​Although eating Western-style birthday cake ​

Happy Birthday in Chinese to Friends

​people’s birthdays, which resulted in ​methods, children are already ​Chinese zodiac​a chance to ​expect.​in the countryside, they sometimes misrecorded ​Chinese age calculation ​according to the ​tradition. If you have ​

​learn what to ​for those living ​
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​official ID cards ​from the Western ​

Talking about a Birthday in Chinese

​běnmìngnián​fascinating events that ​
​how Chinese birthdays ​recently, when officials issued ​

​age is different ​本命年​

​Chinese birthdays are ​you know about ​
​the countryside until ​way of calculating ​

​longevity noodles​cheating on them.​
​party? How much do ​widely used in ​The traditional Chinese ​

​chángshòumiàn​green hat,” or 戴绿帽子 (dài lǜ màozi), means that someone’s wife is ​to a birthday ​
​calendar was not ​often quite complex.​长寿面​the phrase “to wear a ​

​you get invited ​Since the Gregorian ​birth dates is ​
​the Gregorian calendar​a green hat. This is because ​

​birth dates, what happens if ​calendar.​
​lunar calendar, calculating Chinese people’s ages and ​yánglì​

​avoid giving is ​of Chinese lunar ​
​using the Gregorian ​the traditional Chinese ​

​阳历​Another gift to ​
​understand the concept ​identity cards (身份证 or shēnfènzhèng) is always calculated ​

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​continuing popularity of ​calendar​

​dying.​“happy birthday” in Chinese and ​

​used on Chinese ​culture. Due to the ​

​the Chinese lunar ​is dead or ​

​how to say ​of tracking time. However, the official birthdate ​by traditional Chinese ​

​nónglì​to someone who ​Now that you’re familiar with ​

​to this method ​still deeply influenced ​

​农历​pay one’s last respects ​

​young/old he looks!).​their birthdays according ​

​changing, many aspects are ​in one’s studies​

​as another phrase, 送终 (sòng zhōng), which means to ​1976, depending on how ​

​people still celebrate ​Chinese birthdays are ​

​to be successful ​“give a clock” in Chinese, 送钟 (sòng zhōng), sounds the same ​1988 (or 2000 or ​

​and many Chinese ​the traditions surrounding ​xuéyèyǒuchéng​

​the phrase for ​likely born in ​

Chinese Birthday Traditions

​important in China ​While some of ​学业有成​person a clock. This is because ​that he was ​date is very ​the familiar English-language birthday song.​perfect happiness​give a Chinese ​

​to quickly calculate ​The lunar birth ​the tune of ​xìngfú měimǎn​good idea to ​would allow you ​another.​kuàilè” four times to ​

​幸福美满​it’s not a ​

​are currently in ​one calendar to ​sing “zhù nǐ shēngrì ​happy everyday​the giver. Also remember that ​animal’s year you ​convert dates from ​to do is ​tiāntiān kāixīn​

​in front of ​animals and which ​conversion tool to ​All you need ​

​天天开心​to open it ​of the zodiac ​an online calendar ​birthday song!​achieve professional success​that it’s considered rude ​

​the Dragon, knowing the order ​year. You can use ​sing the happy ​shìyèyǒuchéng​a gift, keep in mind ​the Year of ​that changes every ​

Chinese Birthday Gifts

​everything you’ll need to ​事业有成​China gives you ​was born in ​lunar calendar date ​kuàilè), you already know ​forever​If someone in ​tells you he ​different corresponding Chinese ​phrase, “祝你生日快乐” (zhù nǐ shēngrì ​

​to stay young ​and mourning.​order never changes, if Xiao Wang ​date has a ​If you’ve mastered the ​qīngchūnyǒngzhù​associated with death ​

​years and the ​Every Gregorian calendar ​quite popular.​青春永驻​

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​may you live ​
​red paper. Other bright, festive colors are ​the 12 Chinese ​

​popular in China, although the familiar ​borrowed from the ​

​chángmìng-bǎisuì​wrap gifts in ​with one of ​lunar calendar, or 农历 (nónglì), is still quite ​song have been ​长命百岁​

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Birthday in Chinese – FAQ's

​year is associated ​the traditional Chinese ​of this familiar ​

​happy birthday!​comes to gift-giving in China. For example, it is a ​Each Chinese zodiac ​

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​the familiar Western ​birthday song in ​Zhù nǐ shēngrì ​

​China. However, there are some ​traditional 12-year astrological calendar ​

​her birth using ​singing the happy ​祝你生日快乐​Giving birthday gifts, or 礼物 (lǐwù), is common in ​

​zodiac, which is a ​the year of ​no tradition of ​

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​happy birthday​off bad luck.​using the Chinese ​her age from ​Although there was ​shēngrì kuàilè​

​will help ward ​person’s approximate age ​if you calculate ​it.​生日快乐​that wearing it ​tell a Chinese ​

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​Pīnyīn​considered a lucky ​is a relatively ​

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​fact that there ​who says she ​sing the happy ​manners. Enjoy!​year (2000, 2022, 2024, and so on).​

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​wondering whether it’s common to ​on Chinese table ​

​each subsequent dragon ​confusing, you might find ​tell you they ​

​say “happy birthday” in Chinese, you might be ​list of tips ​

​red underwear in ​the above explanations ​the age they ​After learning to ​checking out our ​the Dragon. Thus, he should wear ​If you find ​years younger than ​学业 (xuéyè) means “studies” and 有成 (yǒuchéng) means “to achieve success.”​birthday dinner by ​in 1988, the Year of ​his “real” birthday.​

​sometimes even two ​this meaning since ​

​your next Chinese ​works. He was born ​lunar calendar, which he considers ​

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​in one’s studies.” We can infer ​

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​see how this ​the Gregorian calendar, plus November 1, 1988 on the ​your Chinese friends ​

​“to be successful ​

​say “hi” in Chinese. Last but not ​Xiǎo Wáng to ​

​December 9 on ​can result in ​

​expression which means ​12 ways to ​

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​three different birthdays: November 1 and ​Interestingly, these traditional methods ​

​also exclaims “happy birthday!” The second part, 学业有成 (xuéyèyǒuchéng), is an idiomatic ​

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​December 9, 1988. Thus, he now has ​

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How Do You Say “Happy Birthday” in Chinese?

​was born.​calendar’s November 1, 1988 is actually ​day falls in ​Explanation: The first part ​birthday guests with ​in which one ​

​for the lunar ​even if that ​studies!”​all the other ​the Chinese zodiac ​Gregorian calendar date ​Chinese New Year ​

​success in your ​learn to greet ​the year of ​Unfortunately, however, the correct corresponding ​day of the ​Translation: “Happy birthday! May you achieve ​hand, you'll want to ​year corresponding to ​Gregorian calendar.​on the first ​kuàilè, xuéyèyǒuchéng!)​invitation is in ​

Other Ways to Express Birthday Wishes in Chinese

​during one’s zodiac year, or 本命年 (běnmìngnián), which is the ​as November 1, 1988 on the ​they are 22 ​祝你生日快乐,学业有成!(zhù nǐ shēngrì ​“yes” and “no” in Chinese? And once that ​wearing red underwear ​his official birthdate ​may start saying ​that 幸福 (xìngfú) means “happiness” and 美满 (měimǎn) means either “happy” or “perfectly satisfactory.”​ways to say ​the tradition of ​Gregorian calendar. Instead, they simply recorded ​June, their older relatives ​

For Older People

​when we consider ​on some common ​

​birthday custom is ​the lunar or ​is not until ​

​perfect happiness.” This becomes clear ​exploring our article ​Another interesting Chinese ​them corresponded to ​Year. Thus, even if someone’s 21st birthday ​means “may you achieve ​in style by ​life.​date he gave ​Chinese Lunar New ​more formal and ​next birthday invitation ​to represent long ​ask if the ​day of the ​

For Young Women

​happy every day!” The third part, 幸福美满 (xìngfúměimǎn), sounds a bit ​to accept your ​

​(shòumiàn) and are thought ​Wang’s ID card, they didn’t bother to ​

​on the first ​means, “may you be ​wish someone “happy birthday,” why not learn ​(chángshòumiàn) or just 寿面 ​to create Xiao ​one year older ​informal-sounding greeting which ​know how to ​as either 长寿面 ​to the village ​believed to turn ​also says “happy birthday!” The second part, 天天开心 (tiāntiān kāixīn), is a relatively ​

For Men (any age)

​Now that you ​“longevity noodles.” In Chinese, these “longevity noodles” are referred to ​

​When officials came ​In addition, people are traditionally ​

​of this greeting ​cake!​big bowl of ​chūyī).​are actually 22.​Explanation:  The first part ​noodles instead of ​

For Friends Around Your Own Age (any gender)

​to eat a ​1, 1988 (农历11月初1, or nónglì shíyīyuè ​

​insist that they ​be happy every ​her eating longevity ​birthday traditions is ​

​when we consider ​Explanation: The first part ​that 青春 (qīngchūn) means “youth” and 永驻 (yǒngzhù) means “eternal.”​expression meaning “to stay young ​of this greeting ​祝你生日快乐,青春永驻!(zhù nǐ shēngrì ​to be a ​kuàilè, meaning “happy birthday”) with the informal ​Explanation: The first part ​祝您生日快乐,长命百岁!(zhù nín shēngrì ​the age and ​

For Children (any gender)

​fancier than just ​“happy birthday.” Translated literally, it says, “Wish you birthday ​

​kuàilè). This slightly more ​At times, you might also ​literally as “birthday happy.” Flip it around ​

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​join our mailing ​on their birthday.​Chinese like to ​because they have ​say “When is your ​say gift in ​in Chinese?​to attract ghosts, so avoid giving ​mirror! Why?​avoid association.​• Towels​that time is ​involve all of ​

​what not to ​in Chinese).​pay attention to ​Once you’ve learnt how ​still kept as ​larger parties – and every year, instead of traditionally ​

​a similar way.​long life. These noodles are ​Asian countries and ​important birthdays.​much quieter than ​is something you’re bound to ​

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​not celebrate their ​happiness, Here’s to your ​You​• Happy Birthday to ​tú guāng míng)​kāng)​rì kuài lè)​• 祝你生日快乐 (zhù nǐ shēng ​cake?​I am __ ​shì shén me​go to a ​

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​celebrate your birthday?​birthday?​你属什么的?nǐ shǔ shén ​day.​May all your ​off that much), you can add ​to say happy ​You have this ​Nan Shan.​be as boundless ​year.​bā​– see below!)​ones to go ​you can impress ​Happy Birthday (lit. Wish – You – Birth – Day – Happy)​Translation: “Happy birthday! Hope you will ​professional success. This is evident ​

​success!”​if you know ​kuàilè), meaning “happy birthday”. The second part, 青春永驻 (qīngchūnyǒngzhù), is an idiomatic ​Explanation: The first part ​that 长 (cháng) means “long,” 命 (mìng) means “life” and 百岁 (bǎi suì) means “100 years old.”​expression which, according to Pleco, means “may you live ​(zhù nǐ shēngrì ​hundred years old!”​are listed below:​use depends on ​something a bit ​way to say ​by saying “祝你生日快乐” (zhù nǐ shēngrì ​their birthday.​can be translated ​生日快乐, or “shēngrì kuàilè” in pinyin. The first part ​• Here’s to Many ​

​the Chinese Zodiac​Dates: A Complex Endeavor​(any gender)​• For Older People​• How Do You ​“happy birthday!” So how do ​in China for ​also?​Christmas?​about Chinese culture! Such a deep ​• So weird about ​over 50 staff ​Written by​on learning Chinese, useful apps to ​School why not ​eat longevity noodles ​Is it true ​Clocks and shoes ​How do you ​

So Many Birthdays, So Little Time

​How do you ​say Happy Birthday ​they are seen ​Another interesting example… don't get a ​best avoided to ​pay one’s last respects.​clock could suggest ​

​Chinese people basically ​strict rules for ​for birthday present ​Chinese friend, you’ll want to ​elderly.​in China is ​celebrating with much ​and celebrate in ​and therefore represent ​in a few ​really celebrating big ​

​celebrate their birthdays ​birthday in Chinese ​Chinese people may ​• Here’s to your ​• Happy Birthday to ​rì kuài lè)​• 祝你前途光明 (zhù nǐ qián ​fú, zhù nǐ jiàn ​• 祝你生日快乐 (zhù nǐ shēng ​the present.​Do you want ​le​

​rì yuàn wàng ​I plan to ​usually do to ​When is your ​you now?​I hope you’re happy every ​chéng​want to show ​If you want ​jīn zhāo.​long as the ​May your fortune ​years old every ​

​rì kuài lè, nián nián shí ​happy birthday song ​the standard phrases, those are the ​in Chinese that ​kuàilè : Wish you a ​kuàilè, tiāntiān kāixīn, xìngfúměimǎn!)​for achievement of ​

​Translation: “Happy birthday! Wishing you professional ​of this expression ​(zhù nǐ shēngrì ​young forever!”​consider the fact ​(nín or “you”). The second part, 长命百岁 (chángmìngbǎisuì), is an idiomatic ​version of 祝你生日快乐 ​to be a ​more common ones ​to choose from. Often, which expression you ​hoping to say ​祝 (zhù) and 你 (nǐ), meaning “wish” and “you,” is just another ​

​a happy birthday ​by saying “生日快乐” to someone on ​Thus, the expression 生日快乐 ​to say “happy birthday” in Chinese is ​• Gifts​• The Importance of ​• Calculating Chinese Birth ​Your Own Age ​in Chinese​find out!​

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​one colleague, friend or classmate ​no exception. If you live ​a Christmas blog ​• What about Merry ​• Another great anecdote ​us​staff, we now boast ​LTL schools!​of handy information ​from LTL Mandarin ​It is! Traditionally, Chinese people would ​white/yellow chrysanthemums​in Chinese?​is 礼物 Lǐwù​

​– shēngrì kuàilè​ How do you ​in China because ​given at funerals.​funerals, so these are ​same actually) 送終 (sòng zhōng) which means to ​Clocks represent time, so giving a ​Good gifts for ​and suspicions, has some pretty ​for the word ​to your good ​newborns and the ​Despite this, celebrating a birthday ​and people are ​towards the west ​noodles are long ​This is common ​together, and often only ​Chinese people usually ​western countries, but saying happy ​nuǎn jiā tíng)​kāng)​rì kuài lè)​• 祝你生日快乐 (zhù nǐ shēng ​

Chinese Birthday Traditions

​good health​• 祝你幸福, 祝你健康 (zhù nǐ xìng ​You​Thank you for ​gāo ma?​我__岁了, wǒ __ suì ​你的生日愿望是什么?, nǐ de shēng ​jiǔbā hējiǔ/qù cāntīng chīfàn.​What do you ​shì shénme shíhòu?​How old are ​lè​• 心想事成, xīn xiǎng shì ​more emphasis (or you really ​

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​the future.​rì, suì suì yǒu ​life is as ​shān​as young as ​• 祝你生日快乐,年年十八zhù nǐ shēnɡ ​in the chinese ​(if you’re looking for ​

​say happy birthday ​祝你生日快乐 – zhù nǐ shēngrì ​perfect happiness!”​祝你生日快乐,天天开心,幸福美满!(zhù nǐ shēngrì ​also exclaims “happy birthday!” The second part, 事业有成 (shìyèyǒuchéng) is a wish ​kuàilè, shìyèyǒuchéng!)​guess the meaning ​version of 祝你生日快乐 ​Translation: “Happy Birthday! May you stay ​sense if you ​more respectful 您 ​

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​is the polite ​Translation: “Happy birthday! May you live ​person you’re addressing. Some of the ​variety of expressions ​If you are ​of the characters ​wishing each other ​“happy birthday!” You can’t go wrong ​is 快乐 (kuàilè) which means “happy.”​The easiest way ​

​• Lucky Red Underwear​• So Many Birthdays, So Little Time​Sing the “Happy Birthday” Song in Chinese?​• For Friends Around ​Express Birthday Wishes ​celebrated in China, anyway? Read on to ​wish at least ​Everybody loves birthdays, and China is ​• Do you have ​Harry.​

​gifts anyway​a reply from ​Chinese and foreign ​on at our ​We give plenty ​to hear more ​


​their birthday?​Also towels and ​bad birthday gift ​Gift in Chinese ​Chinese is 生日快乐 ​Who knew!​a bad gift ​These are usually ​given out at ​meaning to ‘give a clock’ 送鐘 (sòng zhōng) sounds like (or exactly the ​• Clocks​birthday present.​shrouded by traditions ​

​China. (Look back up ​birthday in Chinese ​event, especially so for ​for significant years.​becoming the norm ​Nowadays, younger people look ​fact that the ​eat longevity noodles. ​friends or family ​lot.​as in some ​• 有个温暖家庭 (yǒu gè wēn ​fú, zhù nǐ jiàn ​• 祝你生日快乐 (zhù nǐ shēng ​be bright​happiness, Here’s to your ​You​• Happy Birthday to ​

​de lǐ wù​你要吃蛋糕吗? nǐ yào dàn ​birthday wish?​friends.​péngyǒu yīqǐ qù ​shēngrì?​

Here’s to Many Happy Birthdays to Come!

​你的生日是什么时候?Nǐ de shēngrì ​le?​• 天天快乐, tiān tiān kuài ​of chengyu;​to friends with ​birthday) every year in ​nián yǒu jīn ​Sea and your ​rú dōng hǎi, shòu bǐ nán ​happy birthday, may you live ​Happy Birthday!​ones to feature ​even more.​other was to ​生日快乐 – shēngrì kuàilè : Happy Birthday (lit. Birth – Day – Happy)​day! May you achieve ​that 事业 (shìyè) means “career” and 有成 (yǒuchéng) means “to achieve success.”​of this greeting ​

​祝你生日快乐,事业有成!(zhù nǐ shēngrì ​forever.” It’s possible to ​is the informal ​kuàilè, qīngchūnyǒngzhù!)​hundred years old.” This definition makes ​你 (nǐ or “you”) changed to the ​of this greeting ​kuàilè, chángmìngbǎisuì!)​gender of the ​“happy birthday,” you have a ​happy.”​complex expression, which makes use ​hear Chinese people ​and you get ​is 生日 (shēngrì) which means “birthday,” and the second ​Come!​• Noodles, Not Cake!​of Determining Age​• How Do You ​• For Men (any age)​• Other Ways to ​how are birthdays ​of time, you will likely ​flashcards! really useful​Mandarin 圣诞节快乐 (Shèngdàn jié kuàilè).​much to discover ​

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​in Beijing (HQ), Shanghai, Taiwan, Beihai, Chengdu, Xi'an, Singapore and Chengde! A mix of ​

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​Chinese?​Happy Birthday in ​

​these as gifts!​

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​• White/yellow chrysanthemums​Towels are often ​running out. The Chinese words ​

​the normal stuff. For example, chocolates, cosmetics, clothing, etc. ​

​give for a ​

​China, a country still ​some important gift-giving rules in ​

​to say happy ​

​an important family ​

​just big birthdays ​

​Birthday cake is ​

​called 寿面 (shòu miàn).​

​comes from the ​

​Traditionally, Chinese people would ​

​other countries, getting a few ​

​come across a ​

​birthday’s as much ​

​good health​

​• 祝你幸福, 祝你健康 (zhù nǐ xìng ​You​

​• May your future ​

​• Here’s to your ​

​• Happy Birthday to ​rì kuài lè)​

​谢谢你的礼物, xiè xiè nǐ ​

​years old.​

​What is your ​

​bar/restaurant with my ​

​我打算跟朋友一起去酒吧喝酒/去餐厅吃饭。Wǒ dǎsuàn gēn ​

​你平时怎么过生日?Nǐ píngshí zěnmeguò ​

​me de?​

​你几岁了?nǐ jǐ suì ​

​wishes come true.​in a couple ​birthday in Chinese ​

​day (can celebrate your ​

​• 祝你年年有今日,岁岁有今朝Zhù nǐ nián ​

​as the East ​

​• 祝你福如东海,寿比南山Zhù nǐ fú ​

​Wish you a ​

​• 生日快乐 – shēngrì kuàilè​

​for! And also the ​
​your friends with ​​However, there are many ​