What is Kung Hei Fat Choy?

Kung Hei Fat Choy in Cantonese literally means to wish you make a lot of money in a New Year, which is a conventional greeting in the New Year. Because there is a tradition of doing business in Guangdong and Hong Kong Shopping in China, Kung Hei Fat Choy is originally auspicious greeting that was mostly used in those areas.



Kung Hei Fat Choy in Spring Festival


Kung Hei Fat Choy is the important phrase that often used in New Year picture, couplets and playing New Year visits, some times children also take part in to wish a good omen.


Paying New Year Visits


China has a tradition to pay New Year visits in the first day of New Year. People get up early in this day and wear the most beautiful clothes to visit elder generations and friends. When they meet, some greeting phrases are indispensable, like Happy New Year, Kung Hei Fat Choy, Wish You a Good Heath and so on, and the elder generations will give money to younger generation as a lunar New Year gift. All this phrases all have a good wish. Someone would say that I had not made a fortune in a new year, why congratulates me. In China New Year stands for a new beginning of a year, so everyone wish a lucky year. So Kung Hei Fat Choy really means a lucky strike. Actually, Chinese Spring Festival will last 15 days, and Kung Hei Fat Choy always works in these days.


Couplets with Kung Hei Fat Choy


It is said that the tradition of pasting Spring Festival China vacation deals couplets and pictures in China has a history of one thousand years. People hanged peach wood slab on the gate to avoid evil spirits in ancient times, and in Song Dynasty (960-1279), they began to write characters on peach wood slab, which not only kept the meaning of avoiding evil spirits, but could express good wish and had decorative function. Spring festival couplets are still in use, but red paper substitutes for peach wood slab for more festive atmosphere.


New Year Picture with Kung Hei Fat Choy


The Chinese characters Kung Hei Fat Choy is the important content of New Year picture and couplet. In the picture, the God of Wealth takes the scroll with character Kung Hei Fat Choy, which means to bestow treasures to humankind. That is why you can see kinds of New Year pictures and couplets pasted on the wall and gate of Chinese family in China.


Kung Hei Fat Choy for Children


Sometimes, Kung Hei Fat Choy China travel service is often used among children and teenagers when celebrating a festival including Chinese Spring Festival. Because a phrase jokingly goes that “congratulations and be prosperous, now give me a red envelope”, if a child say the front phrase “congratulations and be prosperous”, and the adult would give him or her a red envelope with money in it.


Unconfirmed Origination


However, Kung Hei Fat Choy came from the book written by a foreigner that records the Chinese folk customs. In the period of Westernization Movement (1861-1894), many foreign merchants went to Guangzhou to do business, so quite a few Chinese worked in foreign companies. In the early period of the 19th century, a young British named William served in an American company, he found that some Cantonese staffs would visit company and say Kung Hei Fat Choy to their bosses in every new year, so that to wish more money in a new year, and later on, William written it into his book Foreigner in Canton


Afterwards, Kung Hei Fat Choy is widely spread abroad. Now Kung Hei Fat Choy China Holidays is the most popular greeting when a foreigner congratulates a happy New Year to Chinese.

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