The phrase Gong Xi Fa Cai literally translates -Wishing you enlargement of your wealth- in Mandarine Chinese. Gong Xi means blessing or wish; Fa means enlarge(ment); and Chai means wealth. In Cantonese, the phrase is Gong Hei Fat Choy.
Gong Xi Fa Cai is the Chinese way of saying Happy New Year and delivers a wish for prosperity in the new year ahead. This greeting is especially appropriate between work colleagues, business partners, clients, etc.
For centuries, China has been known as a Liyi Zhibang or a country of rites and rituals. Another example of this attention to etiquette is our smiling Gnome couple offering you the fist and palm salute which is a formal greeting of respect for special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and of course the New Year.
By the way, Gnomes have been part of folklore in many cultures as the Guardians of Treasures, precious stones, and the mineral wealth of mines beneath the Earth. Gnomes were said to reward those who were kind to them with blessings of gold and gems. Our happy Gnome couple seem eager to offer you their blessings of prosperity.
Lastly, gifts of Mandarine oranges and tangerines are considered traditional symbols of abundance and good fortune during the Chinese New Year. During the two-week celebration, these fruits are displayed as decorations and presented as gifts to friends, relatives, and business associates along with the wish Gong Xi Fa Cai.
OHM is wishing you enlargement of your wealth this New Year!