Chinese New Year 2011 Greetings

The Year of the Metal Rabbit begins on Feb. 3, 2011.

You can send greetings to your Chinese-Filipino friends by saying Kung Hei Fat Choi, Kiong Hee Huat Tsai, or Kong Xi Fa Tsai. It is often mistaken to mean Happy New Year but it actually means “Congratulations and be prosperous.” But which of the three greetings are more appropriate to use in the Philippines? “Kung Hei Fat Choi,” which has been the more popular one, is Cantonese; Kiong Hee Huat Tsai is Hokkien; and Kong Xi Fa Tsai in Mandarin. Considering that majority of the Chinoys here in our country speak the Hokkien dialect then the right greeting would be Kiong Hee Huat Tsai.