Happy Chinese New Year 2021 Greetings, Images and Memes to Share

Chinese New Year falls on February 12 in 2021, marking the Year of the Ox. Most Chinese New Year festivities and events are taking place online amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which also curtailed last year's celebrations.

Here we round up some ways you can celebrate the Lunar New Year by sharing messages, images and memes themed around Chinese New Year.


Share a simple message of "Happy New Year" or various versions of it in Chinese. Below are some common Chinese New Year greetings, according to the China Educational Tours travel company:

Happy New Year
Chinese characters: 新年快乐
Pronunciation: xīn nián kuài lè

Wishing you great wealth
Chinese characters: 恭喜发财
Pronunciation: kung hei fat choi (Cantonese)
Pronunciation: gōng xǐ fā cái (Mandarin)

Good luck
Chinese characters: 大吉大利
Pronunciation: dà jí dà lì

Happy New Year, wish you the best of everything
Chinese characters: 恭 贺 新 禧,万 事 如 意
Pronunciation: gōng hè xīn xǐ, wàn shì rú yì

Hope you stay safe and sound all year round
Chinese characters: 岁岁平安
Pronunciation: suì suì píng ān


There are several websites where you can access free images themed around Chinese New Year, such as Unsplash, which offers "over 2 million free high-resolution images brought to you by the world's most generous community of photographers," according to the website.

The company's collection of free high-definition (HD) wallpapers for both desktops and phones have been submitted by the website's different members. Its selection of Chinese New Year-themed images ranges from colorful lanterns and dragon figures to festive street scenes.

Users can access at least 84 free different Chinese New Year celebration images on Pixabay, ranging from Year of the Ox logos and lanterns to Chinese New Year parade scenes.

WallpaperAccess also has a selection of around 43 festive wallpapers and backgrounds, which can be downloaded for free from the website.


Several Chinese New Year-themed memes have been posted on social media, such as this one by user @SB19TrendsPH featuring a giant dragon costume which has received at least 358 likes since it was first posted on Monday.

Advance happy Chinese new year!

SB19 WikiDay@SB19Official#TMPusuan#SB19HSHTop1onMYX pic.twitter.com/yohMwvbUdg

— SB19 TRENDS PH ˢᵇ🌾SB19: IKALAWANG YUGTO (@SB19TrendsPH) February 8, 2021

The Wynn Las Vegas hotel shared a video of a giant dragon robot flying through the air in a post including the hashtags #LunarNewYear and #ChineseNewYear. The video has received at least 6,800 views since it was posted on Wednesday.

Click here to see more! - https://t.co/CtJRUpejGC #LunarNewYear #ChineseNewYear pic.twitter.com/qNNFnPFnhG

— Wynn Las Vegas (@WynnLasVegas) February 10, 2021

Sinopec Saudi Arabia shared a Chinese New Year-themed crossword puzzle. "With the #ChineseNewYear of the Ox approaching, we would like to invite you to join us to play this crossword puzzle for fun. Hints could be found in the pic," the company tweeted.

User @bigmagicdao shared an animation of an ox noting: "Chinese New Year's Eve day! One more day to the year of Bull."

Chinese New Year’s Eve day! One more day to the year of Bull.. pic.twitter.com/E86AfVLHiP

— Molly (@bigmagicdao) February 10, 2021


Users can also choose from an eclectic range of gifs to share at several websites to celebrate the Lunar New Year.

Giphy offers a range of Chinese New Year-themed gifs which can be embedded in your emails or social media posts using the embed code provided at the website.

Giphy has several animated gifs, from different cartoon ox characters to flashing letters saying "Happy New Year" and "Stay Home & Celebrate 2021" in reference to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The mobile app for Giphy can also be downloaded at Apple's App Store at the Google Play Store.

Tenor also has a host of creative Chinese New Year gifs, including more cartoon animal figures, animated graphics and Chinese lettering as well as food gifs.

Users can also access the Tenor mobile app by downloading it from the Google Play Store or Apple's App Store.

More gifs galore can be accessed from Gfycat, which offers at least 571 Chinese New Year-themed gifs. Users can get the embed code for these gifs directly at the Gfycat website.

Wuhan China Chinese New Year
A family poses by an ox figure in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on February 10 ahead of Chinese New Year. Getty Images