Christian Chinese New Year Banners 基督春聯

Christian Chinese New Year Banners 基督春聯

It was last year this time that I discovered Christian Chinese New Year banners and couplets. I saw one in the background of a photo that a friend in Asia had taken at his pastor’s home. Unfortunately, his head blocked some of the words. and my intensive google search began. Once I found out the right search term in Chinese 基督春聯, I found lots of images of them.

基督春聯

 

Christian CNY banner sayings

I have compiled some of the more common sayings:

Traditional Chinese
Jyutping 
English Translation
Simplified Chinese
Pinyin
主賜平安
zyu2 ci3 ping4 ngon1 God bestows Peace
主赐平安
zhǔ cì píng ān
主恩常在
zyu2 jan1 soeng4 zoi6 the grace of God is always here
主恩常在
zhǔ ēn cháng zài
凡事謝恩
faan4 si6 ze6 jan1 Give thanks in all circumstances
凡事谢恩
fán shì xiè ēn
主愛滿家
zyu2 ngoi3 mun5 gaa1 God’s Love fills the Home
主爱满家
zhǔ ài mǎn jiā
福杯滿溢
fuk1 bui1 mun5 jat6 My cup overflows (with blessings)
福杯满溢
fú bēi mǎn yì
主賜天恩
zyu2 ci3 tin1 jan1 God bestows grace
主赐天恩
zhǔ cì tiān ēn
永跟隨主
wing5 gan1 ceoi4 zyu2 Always follow the Lord
永跟随主
yǒng gēn suí zhǔ
以馬內利
ji5 maa5 noi6 lei6 Emmanuel
以马内利
yǐ mǎ nèi lì
恆久靠主
hang4 gau2 kaau3 zyu2 Trust in the Lord forever
恒久靠主
héng jiǔ kào zhǔ
主恩滿溢
zyu2 jan1 mun5 jat6 Abundance of God’s grace
主恩满溢
zhǔ ēn mǎn yì

 

If you have young children and are looking for simpler sayings, these might suit you:

 

Traditional Chinese
Jyutping 
English Translation
Simplified Chinese
Pinyin
愛在我家
ngoi3 zoi6 ngo5 gaa1 Love is in my home
爱在我家
ài zài wǒ jiā
神真美好
san4 zan1 mei5 hou2 God is so good
神真美好
shén zhēn měi hǎo
神就是愛
san4 zau6 si6 ngoi3 God is Love
神就是爱
shén jiù shì ài
彼此相愛
bei2 ci2 soeng1 ngoi3 Love One Another
彼此相爱
bǐ cǐ xiāng ài
常常喜樂
soeng4 soeng4 hei2 lok6 Rejoice Always
常常喜乐
cháng cháng xǐ lè
耶穌愛你
je4 sou1 ngoi3 nei5 Jesus Loves you
耶稣爱你
yē sū ài nǐ

You can download these sayings as a PDF

 

Chinese New Year Banners – Printables

If you are looking to print your own Christian Chinese banners, I have created a few versions for you. You can use the basic version  to create banners for decoration around your home. I have also created a stroke order version (Traditional Chinese only) and outline versions for you to practice your calligraphy or for other craft. You can print them on A4 red paper and cut each page vertically into two.

Traditional Chinese Banner Printables for free download

Simplified Chinese Printables for free download

 

For other Christian Chinese New Year resources, please check out these (external links):

Lucky Chinese Red Envelopes by Chalk Academy

 

Free Banner Printables from Travel with Jesus

Two cute quirky banners available as PDF (download link in the Facebook post below):

  • Vertical: 在亂流下平安 (meaning:  Peace in the storm/ turbulence)
  • Horizontal 穌 I say I love you (This is a play on the word 穌, and means Jesus Loves You / Yes, I say I love you. )

 

Christian banner by 台北基督徒七張禮拜堂

You can download the Jpg from the Facebook post. If you scroll right when at the image, there are a few others, but I liked the sentiment of this one best:
新的一年送您五福:
蒙恩信主多幸福
倚靠救主的祝福
常謝主恩多蒙福
信靠主神是真福
祝您新年蒙新福

 

Chinese New Year Banners by Spot of Sunshine

Banners include these in words  both Traditional and Simplified Chinese –  主恩滿溢 , 神恩無限/神恩无限,  十架之光 , 以馬內利, 恩


(Photo credit: Spot of Sunshine)

 

Similarities between Chinese New year and Passover

I recall reading about this from another Chinese blogger Spot of Sunshine in her guest post on Baby Devotions.

I went on to read up more and was really amazed at the parallels:

  • Devourer of children – Nian monster vs the ‘first born’ plague
  • Red on doors for protection- banners vs blood
  • Feast – reunion dinner vs passover meal
  • Over – 過年/过年 (translates to Over the year) vs Passover
  • Purification: Spring cleaning vs Jewish practice of ridding one’s house of hametz
  • Spring celebration

This is a great opportunity to discuss about Christianity with others, especially during Chinese New Year. “The sticking of the Chinese banners remind me of how God protected the people in their homes.

I have only touched on some similarities briefly here, but if you would like to learn more about this topic, check out this article Does Chinese New Year parallel the Jewish Passover? by Salt & Light or google for more articles.

 

Any other Christian Chinese Resources?

Do you know of any other Christian Chinese Resources for Chinese New Year? Please drop a comment below so that we can update our blog and share the good news. Have a Blessed Chinese New Year.

 

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