Vietnamese New Year goes by many names, Tết Ta, Tết Nguyên Đán, Tết Âm Lịch, or simply TẾT!

It is the most important & popular festival in Vietnam where everyone comes home to celebrate the new year with their families.

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If you're living in Vietnam or have Vietnamese friends or family members, the best way to lớn anticipate for đầu năm mới is to learn how to greet & wish others Happy New year in Vietnamese.

So in this lesson, you'll learn:

"Happy New Year" in Vietnamese

There are two ways that the locals often use lớn say "Happy New Year" during Tết.

1. Chúc mừng năm mới

This is the standard way of saying "Happy New Year" in Vietnamese, especially during your visit to others' homes, or right after the countdown.

You can use it khổng lồ wish everyone, including your family members, relatives, boss, co-workers, and friends.

The word chúc means "to wish", và mừng means "glad" or "joyful". Chúc mừng together has the meaning of "to congratulate" in Vietnamese.

The word năm means "year", and mới means "new". So Năm mới literally means "new year".

2. Năm mới tết đến vui vẻ

This is another common way of saying "Happy New Year" in Vietnamese. Somehow, it doesn't sound as flashy as Chúc mừng năm mới.

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The words năm mới as we know means "new year", & vui vẻ means "happy". So the whole phrase literally means "Happy New Year".

Common Vietnamese New Year Wishes

On the first few days of Tết, family members, relatives, & close family friends would wish each other health, happiness, luck, và prosperity.

Below are 10 common New Year wishes in Vietnamese that you can use yourself.

General wishes

Vạn sự như ýliterally "Everything goes according to lớn your wishes"

An khang thịnh vượngto wish for "Security, good health, và prosperity"

Career wishes

Công thành danh toạito wish someone succeed in their career lượt thích how they desire

Thăng quan lại tiến chứcto wish someone getting the promotion at work

Money wishes

Phát tài phạt lộcto wish someone become rich và prosperous

Tiền vô như nướcliterally "Money goes in like water"

Tiền ra nhỏ dại giọtliterally "Money goes out like water drops"



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Good health wishes

For older family members or someone who is old enough to be your parent, aunt, uncle, or grandparent, you would want to wish them "good health", you can say:

Dồi dào mức độ khoẻliterally "Plenty of health"

Sống thọ trăm tuổiliterally "Live long till 100 years old" (for elders)

Trẻ mãi không giàliterally "Forever young, never gets old"

For little children, you can wish them:

Hay nạp năng lượng chóng lớnEat well, grow rapidly (for kids)

Wishes to lớn friends (casual)

The next few phrases are not that common, but they are quite casual và fun khổng lồ use it to lớn wish your siblings or friends that you are close with.

Tiền đầy túi, tình đầy timPocket full of money, heart full of love

If it's a male person, you can wish him to lớn have ...

Một vợ, hai con, nhà tía tầng, xe tư chỗOne wife, two kids, 3-level house, 4-seat car


The terms of address, or "pronouns" are words that you use to address someone in Vietnamese. You can learn about it in my không tính tiền course Learn Vietnamese Basics in 1 Hour for Absolute Beginner.

Example sentences:

Năm mới, chúc anh/chị vạn sự như ý, phát tài - phát lộc phát lộc New year, wish you get everything you wish for, become prosperous

Năm mới, chúc ba/mẹ/ông/bà đầy đủ sức khoẻ, sống thọ trăm tuổiNew year, wish you (dad/mom/grandpa/grandma) have plenty of health, live long till 100 years old

Năm mới, chúc bé hay ăn uống chóng lớn New year, wish you (kid) eat well, grow rapidly

Besides the above phrases for new year wishes, you can also wish them more simply using the following words và literal phrases:

sức khoẻ - healthbình an - peace (= nothing bad would come)tài lộc - fortunecông bài toán thuận lợi - work/job goes smoothlycông vấn đề thăng tiến - work/job advancescó nhiều niềm vui - have lots of happiness

Following the given patterns, we'll have complete phrases lượt thích this lớn wish someone.

Năm mới, chúc ông mức độ khoẻNew year, wish you (grandpa) health

Năm mới, chúc anh các bước thuận lợiNew year, wish you your work goes smoothly

Năm mới, chúc mẹ sức khoẻ và có khá nhiều niềm vuiNew year, wish you (mom) health and have lots of happiness.



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Must-know words for Vietnamese New Year

Below is the các mục of common words that you would hear or see during Tết.

ăn Tết means "to celebrate New Year"

giao thừa means "New Year’s Eve"

pháo hoa / pháo bôngmeans "fireworks"

lì xìrefers to lớn the lucky money given khổng lồ the children by the adults during Tết, often in a red envelope