A happy New Year to you.
Season's greetings and sincere wishes for a bright and happy New Year!
I give you endless brand-new good wishes. Please accept them as a new remembrance of our lasting friendship.
Good luck and great success in the coming New Year.
On the occasion of the New Year, may my wife and I extend to you and yours our warmest greetings, wishing you a happy New Year, your career greater success and your family happiness.
May everything beautiful and best be condensed into this card. I sincerely wish you happiness, cheerfulness and success.
Best wishes for the year to come!
Good luck in the year ahead!
May you come into a good fortune!
Live long and proper!
May many fortunes find their way to you!
I want to wish you longevity and health!
Take good care of yourself in the year ahead.
Wishing you many future successes.
On this special day I send you New Year's greetings and hope that some day soon we shall be together.
I would like to wish you a joyous new year and express my hope for your happiness and good future.
May the New Year bring many good things and rich blessings to you and all those you love!
Rich blessings for health and longevity is my special wish for you in the coming year.
Good luck, good health, hood cheer. I wish you a happy New Year.
The Chinese New Year is now popularly known as the Spring Festival because it starts from the Begining of Spring (the first of the twenty-four terms in coodination with the changes of Nature).
Its origin is too old to be traced. Several explanations are hanging around.
All agree, however, that the word Nian, which in modern Chinese solely means "year", was originally the name of a monster beast that started to prey on people the night before the beginning of a new year.
One legend goes that the beast Nian had a very big mouth that would swallow a great many people with one bite. People were very scared. One day, an old man came to their rescue, offering to subdue Nian.
To Nian he said, "I hear say that you are very capable, but can you swallow the other beasts of prey on earth instead of people who are by no means of your worthy opponents?" So, it did swallow many of the beasts of prey on earth that also harrassed people and their domestic animals from time to time.
After that, the old man disappeared riding the beast Nian. He turned out to be an immortal god. Now that Nian is gone and other beasts of prey are also scared into forests, people begin to enjoy their peaceful life.
Before the old man left, he had told people to put up red paper decorations on their windows and doors at each year's end to scare away Nian in case it sneaked back again, because red is the color the beast feared the most.
From then on, the tradition of observing the conquest of Nian is carried on from generation to generation. The term "Guo Nian", which may mean "Survive the Nian" becomes today "Celebrate the (New) Year" as the word "guo" in Chinese having both the meaning of "pass-over" and "observe".
The custom of putting up red paper and firing fire-crackers to scare away Nian should it have a chance to run loose is still around. However, people today have long forgotten why they are doing all this, except that they feel the color and the sound add to the excitement of the celebration.
The Spring Festival is very important to Chinese people. In the past，people could not often have meat，rice or other delicious food. They could only eat these during the Spring festival. So every year they hoped that the Spring Festival would come soon. Now， although people‘s life is much better，and we can eat the delicious foods everyday. People still like the festival. Because most people can have a long holiday，and we are free to go on a trip or visit our friends or have parties with our family. In the evenings，we can have a big meal in the restaurant or stay at home with family and watch the TV programs.
I like the Spring Festival very much. How wonderful the Spring Festival is!