18 July 2018
Kung Hei Fat Choy!  Photo: HKEJ
Kung Hei Fat Choy! Photo: HKEJ

12 lucky phrases to say in the Year of the Goat

Kung Hei Fat Choy! Wishing you Hei Hei Yeung Yeung!

Hey, what is “Hei Hei Yeung Yeung”?

“Hei” means happy. “Yeung” is goat. It means radiantly happy with the festive mood, sort of like walking on air. A nice greeting for this Year of the Goat.

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“Yeung Mei To Hei” literally means “Raise eyebrows and exhale”. It is a wish that the recipients may hold their heads up and be elated. Also good for a Year of the Rabbit (as “to” can mean rabbit).

For a good beginning, try “Sam Yeung Hoi Tai”, which means an auspicious start with the spring coming in full form.

For the whole year, try “Yeung Nin Hang Dai Wan” – meaning “May the Year of the Goat bring great fortune”.

So much for the goat-related blessings. Let’s get to some specific greetings for different occasions.

The first greeting before saying “good morning” must be “Kung Hei Fat Choy” (“Wishing you prosperity”).

If you visit someone’s home during the holiday, greet the host with: “Gam Ngan Mun Uk” (“May your home be filled with gold and silver”).

Wish businessmen “Yat Boon Man Lei” (“Small investment but big profits”) and they will be as happy as tycoon Li Ka-shing.

Healthy is better than wealthy. Wish them “Lung Ma Jing Sung” (“Energetic as dragon and horse”), and they will be vigorous all year.

To ladies of all ages, say “Ching Chun Sheung Chu” (“Always youthful”), and they will give you a big smile.

For men (except CEOs), say “Bo Bo Go Sing” (“Promoted to a higher position”) and you will be treated to a meal if this comes true.

And something that Hong Kong needs: “Wo Hei Sang Choy” (“Harmony brings wealth”).

Finally my favorite: “Si Si Yu Yi” (or simply C C U E — “May everything go as you wish”).

Now let me wish you a beautiful and peaceful Year of the Goat, or Sheep (if you can distinguish the sheep from the goat!).

On top of that, you also have my blessing of C C U E and Hei Hei Yeung Yeung!

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