I’ve read that Kiong Hee Huat Tsai is Hokkien which most Filipino-Chinese or Chinoys as we call them are more adept at speaking so am using it to greet everyone Happy Lunar New Year!
From GMA News Online it is said – Tracing their roots to Fujian in Southern China, most Filipino-Chinese are more adept at speaking Hokkien than Cantonese so you might want to consider and add “Kiong Hee Huat Tsai” to the list of popular greetings.
It’s another new year, another chance for a fresh start. But then, every new day can be a fresh start for all of us. Let’s embrace it !
According to Julie Yap Daza in her column in Panorama on January 30, 2022, Kung Hei Fat Choi doesn’t exactly translate to Happy New Year! She said ” Most people think that’s the standard Happy New Year greeting exchanged in China and all over the world where there is a Chinatown or a Chinese community. In truth, the greeting means, literally, “Congratulations and be prosperous! Not “May you prosper” as a hopeful wish but a command to prosper! ”
I’m one of those who thought that it’s equivalent to Happy New year!. But then, wishing someone about prosperity is still a good wish for loved ones and other people you know.