Here are 12 sure-fire ‘Heng Ong Huat!’ wishes you can use to usher in CNY when tossing your yee sang!

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Bearing a sweet, tangy flavour profile that is beloved by many Malaysians (and yes, Singaporeans too), yee sang is undoubtedly one of the most essential cornerstones to Chinese New Year celebrations on both sides of the Causeway.

12 auspicious Chinese New Year wishes you can use during your yee sang toss

Don't be caught not knowing any phrases for your CNY yee sang toss! Image credit: Penang Foodie
Don’t be caught not knowing any phrases for your CNY yee sang toss! Image credit: Penang Foodie

As is common practice, friends and family members gather around the dining table come the festive season and toss the ingredients of the yee sang together, all while shouting auspicious Chinese wishes, to usher in the new year with good health, good luck, and good fortune.

Not sure what phrases you should shout? Well you’re in luck, because we’ve got 10 sure-fire ‘Heng Ong Huat’ Chinese New Year wishes that you can memorise for your next yee sang toss!

1. 财源滚滚

Pronounced as: Cái yuán gǔn gǔn

What does it mean: Hoping for better fortune this year? Then this is your wish of choice as it means ‘may you be blessed with an outpouring of fortune and abundance’.

2. 福寿双全

Pronounced as: Fú shòu shuāng quán

What does it mean: If you want to have your cake and eat it too, then this wish is perfect as it means ‘may you enjoy both longevity and blessings’.

3. 五福临门

Pronounced as: Wǔ fú lín mén

What does it mean: This is to wish that one’s family will be bequeathed with the five blessings, which are: longevity, wealth, health, virtue, and a natural death.

A group tossing a traditional Chinese New Year yee sang salad.
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4. 龙马精神

Pronounced as: Lóng mǎ jīng shén

What does it mean: Alluding to the vitality of horses and dragons, this wish means ‘may you be blessed with the spirit and vitality of horses and dragons’.

5. 年年有余

Pronounced as: Nián nián yǒu yú

What does it mean: This wish is perfect for the maximalist in your life, as it means ‘may your year be blessed with abundance and excess’.

6. 心想事成

Pronounced as: xīn xiǎng shì chéng

What does it mean: If you have dreams and aspirations you want to bring to life, then say this out loud! This phrase means ‘may all of your innermost wishes come true’.

A family enjoying Chinese New Year dinner together.
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7. 万事如意

Pronounced as: Wàn shì rú yì

What does it mean: This is the wish of choice for those who want to ward off any of life’s hiccups, as it means ‘may all that you do go smoothly’.

8. 学业进步

Pronounced as: Xué yè jìn bù

What does it mean: Are there family members or friends in your table who are still pursuing their academics? Then wish them this, as it means ‘may you continue to make strides in your studies’.

9. 步步高升

Pronounced as: bù bù gāo shēng

What does it mean: With a new year comes new progress, and this wish is a perfect reminder of that as it means ‘may every step you take bring you to greater heights’.

A selection of dishes prepared for Chinese New Year.
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10. 身体健康

Pronounced as: Shēn tǐ jiàn kāng

What does it mean: You can’t enjoy wealth without health! This wish simply means ‘may you be blessed with good health’.

11. 岁岁平安

Pronounced as: Suì suì píng ān

What does it mean: To keep the peace all year ’round, use this wish as it means ‘may you be blessed with peace throughout the year’.

12. 吉祥如意

Pronounced as: jí xiáng rú yì

What does it mean: As some would say, success is a mixture of hard work and a little bit of luck as well. This wish essentially means ‘may good fortune bless your wishes’.

Memorise all of these wishes and you’re all set! Happy Chinese New Year, and from all of us at the WauPost team, 祝您全家新年快乐!

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