Greeting Cards


Best friends are precious. It’s pretty much in the name – they are literally the ‘best’. Whether you see each other every day or live thousands of miles apart, you can count on your best friend to always support you, cheer you up, and if needed, tell you the harsh truth! So best friends deserve to feel appreciated, especially on special occasions such as birthdays.

With technology as it is, it’s common to keep in touch through messages, voice and video calls. There is something special, however, about receiving a physical message from someone you care about and so if a special occasion is looming, and you’re looking for birthday wishes for a best friend, you’ve come to the right place. If sending a gift with your card or just the note itself, the message should represent your friendship and let them know how much they mean to you.

Whether your best friend is someone you met at school, work, mutual friends or through other means, if they’ve been your best friend for 10 years or 10 months… These birthday messages will suit any relationship. Take a look through and feel free to copy and paste or edit the messages to make them extra personal.

A top tip for sentimental messages is to also include some kind of private joke or sweet memory that you both share, so that you can reminisce/laugh together.

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Best birthday wishes for a best friend

Top 'Happy Birthday' message for a best friend

Happy Birthday, bestie! Have a day as amazing as you are!

Wishing you the best birthday ever! You’re only as old as you feel and when we’re together we act like a couple of teenagers, so let’s keep that feeling going! Love you!

You’re the best friend I could have hoped for. I wanted to take the opportunity to say that on your special day, and I hope that we celebrate many more together. Happy birthday love!

Funny happy birthday wishes for a friend

They say old is gold, if that’s true, then you are my 24 karat partner in crime and I hope you continue to be for many years to come! Happy birthday!

A funny example of wishing your best friend a happy birthday

“Growing old gracefully” – now there’s a phrase that doesn’t apply to either of us! Let’s party until we drop and grow old disgracefully together forever!

I will still love you when you are old and wrinkly and smell like cough drops, because that’s what best friends are for, after all. Happy birthday!

Funny birthday wishes for best friend sample text

Sending you birthday love! They say age is just a number, and it’s true… just that in your case it’s a very big number!

I was going to post some embarrassing old photos of you online for your birthday, until I realized you must have an equal amount of mortifying pics of me stored away somewhere… Let’s agree to hold those only for blackmail purposes, 😛 Happy Birthday bestie!

Sentimental birthday wishes for a best friend

You’ve been there with me through thick and thin, good and bad, always by my side with a kind word or helpful advice. Thank you so much for everything, you’re truly the best friend I could hope for and I wish you nothing but the best on your special day. Happy birthday!

Sentimental birthday wishes for a childhood friend

In some ways it feels like no time has passed since we first met all those years ago, but then I look at the photos and think OMG – we were just babies! It’s been such a joy having you in my life and I feel so lucky to be able to call you my best friend. Happy Birthday love!

Who would have thought, all those years ago when we first met, that we would be here now, still laughing, joking, crying and dancing together like teenagers? I’m so happy we met, you’ve lit up my life since you came into it and I hope you know how much I appreciate having a best friend like you. Wishing you the happiest birthday!

There’s no day more perfect to let you know how much you mean to me. Your friendship is the greatest gift I ever could have wished for, and I want you to have the most wonderful birthday. I love you so much!

Beautiful happy birthday wishes for friends

You are an absolute star and have brightened my life since the moment we met. Wishing you a day filled with wonder, as beautiful as you are. Happy birthday to my best friend.

Birthday quotes for a friend

“The greatest gift of life is friendship, and I have received it.” – Hubert H Humphrey

“Let us never know what old age is. Let us know the happiness time brings, not count the years.” – Ausonius

A Shakespearian birthday quote for friends

“With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come.” – William Shakespeare

‘If life gives you lemons you should make lemonade… and try to find someone whose life has given them vodka, and have a party.’ – Ron White

“A diplomat is a man who always remembers a woman’s birthday but never remembers her age.” – Robert Frost

‘The more sand that has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it.’ – Jean-Paul Sartre

Happy birthday from us to your bezzie!

A woman blows confetti towards the camera

So there you have it, a list of birthday wishes for the best friend in your life. Hopefully you found something you can use to brighten up their day and make it extra special 🙂

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First (or last, depending on how you look at it!) the Western New Year comes and goes.

Then, another holiday comes around for many Asian peoples — the Lunar New Year, also known as the Chinese New Year or spring festival.

With Chinese New Year come red envelopes and a whole lot of Chinese New Year greeting cards.

It’s not a holiday where you get to neglect greeting cards, specifically as part of the hong bao — the red envelopes that are emblematic of the holiday.

So the question becomes — What do you write on your Chinese New Year greeting card?

Keep reading to find out what’s lucky, and what you should never say. If you’re looking for specific phrases to copy and edit to you liking, then our Chinese New Year quotes for cards is the page for you.

Before Crafting A Chinese New Year Greeting Card — What is the Chinese New Year?

Since the Chinese New Year is also the lunar new year, it falls later than the Western New Year on January 1st.

The celebration and the calendar it’s based on date back thousands of years – all the way back to 14th century B.C. when the Shang dynasty was in power.

It’s called the lunar new year, but the original calendar was also based on lunar phases, solar solstices, and equinoxes.

It’s also the biggest Chinese holiday of the entire year, and there are several traditions to abide in order to get your new year off to an auspicious start.

Like the hong bao – primetime for Chinese New Year greeting cards.

When is the 2018 Lunar New Year?

In 2021, the Chinese New Year will be on February 12th, marking the beginning of the year 4716.

Why February?

It’s because the new year is always celebrated on the second new moon following the winter solstice, which usually falls January 21 and February 20 on the Gregorian calendar.

The proper festivities will begin on the first day of the first lunar month on the Chinese calendar and continue until the moon is full, or the 15th of the lunar month. In other words, until early March.

If you’re in China, you’re in luck – people often get a week off, though celebrations last much longer.

What Zodiac Sign is 2021 – and Why Use Zodiac Signs?

You can’t talk about the Chinese New Year without also talking about the Chinese zodiac.

According to legend, the Buddha asked all the animals to meet him on New Year’s Day, but only twelve showed up.

He named a year after each of the twelve animals – the dog, the pig, the rat, the ox, the tiger, the rabbit, the dragon, the snake, the horse, the sheep, the monkey and the rooster.

According to the Chinese calendar, February 12, 2021, will be the year of the ox. Prior ox years include 1937, 1949, 1971, 1973, 1985, 1997 and 2009.

In Chinese culture, you are believed to have some of the traits of the zodiac animal whose year you were born in.

For those born in the ox year, this includes reliability, fairness, being conscientious and inspiring confidence in other people.

How Do People Celebrate the Chinese New Year?

There are a whole lot of traditions, which can at times feel like a maze of what’s lucky and what’s unlucky.

The big one is the red envelopes, called hong bao in Mandarin and lai si in Cantonese.

Much of what you’ve probably seen about the Chinese New Year has to do with these red envelopes – they’re the reason why a Chinese New Year greeting card should never be neglected.

Traditionally, these are gifts of money that adults with income given to children who don’t have income, though the definition of “children” can also be stretched to include unmarried couples.

The amount varies, and it doesn’t strictly matter how much because the gift is symbolic.

That said, you should ideally have an amount that is either a round number or ends in 8, a lucky number in China. Avoid any number that contains 4 (an unlucky number) and absolutely avoid coins.

Other than the hong bao/lai si, other traditions include the new year’s dinner, cleaning the house (just not on the first three days of the new year – you’ll sweep away the good luck) and getting a haircut.

New year, new beginnings.

Writing Your Chinese New Year Greeting Card

And now, the real question: what do you write on your Chinese New Year greeting card?

The Basics

First things first: a Chinese New Year greeting card is not a thank you note – you can’t just write anything you want.

There are certain phrases and greetings that are appropriate for some recipients but not others, some phrases which are considered luckier than others, and some that are downright unlucky.

We’ll talk about some key phrases, and the phrases you should avoid (and what to say if someone else slips up and says an unlucky phrase).

But before we get that far, keep in mind that the formal greeting for someone older or respected, nin for ‘you’, is different than the common, informal ni.

So, if you were giving a Chinese New Year greeting card to someone older, you would greet them with, “Zhu nin…” (Wish you…) instead of, “Zhu ni’? …” (also means “Wish you…” but is informal or for someone younger).

Greetings and Sayings

While you might start to get slightly bored repeating the same phrases, there are a few key phrases that will almost never fail to make your Chinese friends and neighbors happy. These are:

  • Gongxi facai – May you come into a good fortune!
  • Jiankang changshou – Live long and prosper!
  • Wanshi ruyi – All the best!
  • Daji dali – Good Luck!

These four phrases will generally be enough to get you around most social settings for the Chinese New Year, but you can also stay classic and use “Xinnian ha’o” “Guonian ha’o,” or “Xinnian kuaile,” all of which mean, “Happy New Year.”

Just do yourself a favor – if you’re not a native speaker, check with your friends or family members to make sure you’re using the right version of “Happy New Year.” Preferably before you write it on your Chinese New Year greeting card.

Phrases for Health

Of course, the new year is also about health – a fresh year for fresh, exciting beginnings. Wishing someone good health in the new year is a great way to welcome the festivities.

For this, you can use the phrase, “Shenti’ jiankang,” which means “enjoy good health.”

If there are children under 10 of your family and friends, you can also use, “Jingling huopo,” which translates to “a bright and happy spirit.” Essentially, you’re wishing them to be active and smart in the new year.

Greetings for Work

Because in the Chinese New Year, you also have the gongsi nian hui, which is meant to celebrate the past year of business and look forward to the next.

It’s an occasion. Speeches are made recognizing outstanding employees, there’s a program of dancing and singing and a fair chance that, one way or another, you’ll get roped into being onstage.

For this, no plain old greetings will do. This is when you’ll want to use, “X?nni?n kuaile!” (Happy New year!) In person, you can also use, “Tongshimen, wo gei dajia jingjiu wei women laoban -ganbei!” which means, “Colleagues, I’d like to make a toast to our boss – cheers!”

For your greeting card, you can use, “Caiyuan gua’ngjin,” meaning, “Enter broadly into wealth’s source,” or “Gongzuo shunli,” which means, “May your work go smoothly.”

Greetings for Students

For the students in your circle, you’ll have a separate set of phrases for them, usually directly related to being a student.

Two easy ones to remember are, “Xuexi jinbu,” which means, “progress in studies,” and “Jinba’ng timing,” which translates to, “Success in the examination,” useful for students with a major exam coming up on the horizon.

Greetings for the Family, and an Unusual Phrase

Then, there’s family. Where would the holiday be without them?

Not much of anywhere, because family is central to the Chinese New Year – most people travel to be with their families for the celebration, even great distances.

For family, you can use the four key greetings listed earlier, but you can also use these two family-centric greetings, “Hejia huanle,” which translates to, “Felicity of the whole family,” or “Hejia xingfu,” which means, “Happiness for the whole family.”


If your head isn’t spinning yet, there are some phrases you should absolutely never do or say. These include:

  • Don’t say unlucky words or phrases – like the words for death, unfortunate, lose, etc.
  • Don’t sweep your house or throw away trash
  • Don’t finish your fish
  • Don’t break anything

Fortunately, there are phrases you can say to counteract bad luck, such as, “Sui sui ping an,” which means, “Peace all year round.”

If someone says unlucky words, you can also say, “Tong wu wu ji,” which means, “Children say everything but take no offense,” sort of like saying, “Knock on wood.”

Get the Best Chinese New Year Greeting Card

Of course, all your holiday well wishes start with a great greeting card to write them on. We’re here to offer some good ideas, whatever you celebrate.

Already have a card but need more ideas about what to write in it? Try our post on motivational quotes for your next card.

Next time you need some quotes, you know where to go… Here’s our quotes for romantic Valentine’s Day messages, for Easter wishes and for Mother’s Day. For more, check our our occasions calendar.