The title of this song, 恭喜恭喜 (Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ) literally means "Congratulations, Congratulations". It has the sense of "Good wishes to you for a happy and prosperous New Year". I translated "Gong xi" as "Good wishes" to keep this meaning.

Shirley pointed out this song to us and sent the note: ""Happy Chinese New Year... this song is very popular in China. It has a very catchy chorus that I sing at my music classes for preschool children."

Notes

Pinyin (Pronunciation):

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ

Měi tiáo dà jiē xiǎo xiàng,
měi ge rén de zuǐ lǐ,
jiàn miàn dì yī jù huà,
jiù shì gōng xǐ gōng xǐ

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ ya,
Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ

Dōng tiān yǐ dào jìn tóu
zhēn shì hǎo de xiāo xī
wēn nuǎn de chūn fēng
jiù yào chuī xǐng dà dì

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ ya
Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ

Hào hào bīng xuĕ róng jiĕ
yăn kàn méi huā tŭ ruĭ
Mànmàn cháng yè guò qù,
tīng dào yì shēng jī tí

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ ya
Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ

Jīng guò duō shăo kùn nan
jīng lì duō shăo mó liàn
duō shăo xīn ér pàn wàng   
chūn tiān de xiāo xi 

Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ ya
Gōng xǐ gōng xǐ gōng xǐ nǐ

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Lyrics and music by Chen Gexin (1914-1961).

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Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Shirley Stump for pointing out this song to us!

Translation by Lisa Yannucci.

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