Happy Birthday Song Lyrics in Chinese + Pinyin (Printable + VIDEO)

Chinese Happy Birthday Lyrics Writing Worksheets

Before college, most of my childhood birthdays were spent in Toronto, Canada with my Chinese relatives.  Although our celebrations were simple, I remember my parents, auntie, and grandfather singing 生日快乐 / 生日快樂 Happy Birthday lyrics in Chinese.

Nowadays, I am singing 生日快乐 Happy Birthday in Chinese almost everyday with my 2 children!

During pretend play, my children are often hosting pretend birthday parties and thus singing 生日快乐.

In addition, to ensure my 2-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter are washing their hands long enough (at least 20 seconds), they sing 生日快乐 twice!

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Celebrating birthdays in Chinese culture

In this post, I’ll introduce some important features of birthdays in Chinese culture.  We haven’t kept up with all of these traditions with my half-Chinese children, but we enjoy learning about traditions that have been upheld through many generations!

The article concludes with printable Happy Birthday lyrics in simplified/traditional Chinese Pinyin, and English.  I’ve also created free writing worksheets to help older children practice tracing the birthday song lyrics!

Decorated birthday cake celebration for elderly person with Chinese word Longevity

Happy Birthday Cake with Chinese style!

My birthday cakes in Toronto were always from a Chinese bakery.  In contrast to American cakes, our Chinese birthday cakes were often adorned with fresh fruit.

The birthday message on the cake was always written in red, a bold color which signifies good fortune in Chinese culture.

For my grandfather’s birthday celebrations, I remember seeing the Chinese character 寿 / 壽 (shòu) on his birthday cake.  This word means longevity, which is a positive wish for someone’s birthday.

Chinese red envelope printable - longevity 寿 / 壽

Special birthday gift in Chinese culture: red envelopes

Chinese 红包 (Hóngbāo / Red Envelopes) are important gifts for all special Chinese occasions, including birthdays.

Ages that end with a 9 for women and 0 for men are considered major milestones.

Cash is usually placed in the Chinese red envelopes.  Lucky amounts include:

  • $88 because 八 (bā / 8) sounds like 发 (fā) as in 发财 / 發財  (fācái / wealth).
  • $99 because 九 (jiǔ / 9) sounds like 久 (jiǔ / everlasting).

Related: Lucky Chinese Red Envelopes 红包 / 包 – Free Printable

Chinese birthday lucky food: long noodles

Birthday celebrations in Chinese culture: long life noodles

While cultural details tend to be hazy after my parents passed away, I’ll never forget about the tradition of eating long noodles.

Because noodles are long, eating them on birthdays represents having a long life.

Happy birthday song and video in Mandarin Chinese

You can listen to Happy Birthday in Mandarin Chinese on the free MandaRhymes website or buy purchasing the A Little Mandarin album!

For families who are just starting to learn Chinese, Emma’s YouTube video teaches how to sing the birthday song in Chinese.  Start the video at 0:30 in order to skip the intro and see her teaching.

Happy Birthday Song Lyrics in Chinese (Simplified), Pinyin, and English!

祝你生日快乐
(Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè)
Happy Birthday to You

祝你生日快乐
(Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè)
Happy Birthday to You

祝你幸福, 祝你健康
(Zhù nǐ xìng fú, zhù nǐ jiàn kāng)
Here’s to your happiness, Here’s to your good health

祝你前途光明
(Zhù nǐ qián tú guāng míng)
May your future be bright

祝你生日快乐
(Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè)
Happy Birthday to You

祝你生日快乐
(Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè)
Happy Birthday to You

祝你幸福, 祝你健康
(Zhù nǐ xìng fú, zhù nǐ jiàn kāng)
Here’s to your happiness, Here’s to your good health

有个温暖家庭
(Yǒu gè wēn nuǎn jiā tíng)
Here’s to your family!

Happy birthday Chinese cake

Happy Birthday Song Lyrics in Chinese (Traditional), Pinyin, and English!

祝你生日快樂
(Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè)
Happy Birthday to You

祝你生日快樂
(Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè)
Happy Birthday to You

祝你幸福, 祝你健康
(Zhù nǐ xìng fú, zhù nǐ jiàn kāng)
Here’s to your happiness, Here’s to your good health

祝你前途光明
(Zhù nǐ qián tú guāng míng)
May your future be bright

祝你生日快樂
(Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè)
Happy Birthday to You

祝你生日快樂
(Zhù nǐ shēng rì kuài lè)
Happy Birthday to You

祝你幸福, 祝你健康
(Zhù nǐ xìng fú, zhù nǐ jiàn kāng)
Here’s to your happiness, Here’s to your good health

有個溫暖家庭
(Yǒu gè wēn nuǎn jiā tíng)
Here’s to your family!

Happy Birthday Lyrics in simplified Chinese, traditional Chinese, Pinyin, English

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Chinese Happy Birthday Song 生日快乐 / 生日快樂 Printable Lyrics and Writing Worksheets
Chinese Happy Birthday Lyrics Writing Worksheets

For children who are learning to write, here are free Chinese worksheets for tracing practice!

Copywork with song lyrics has been one of the most effective strategies for my daughter to learn how to write Chinese.

Before embarking on Chinese worksheets, I recommend teaching stroke order with sandpaper cards and other hands-on pre-writing activities that strengthen fine-motor skills while solidifying stroke sequencing.

Since I’m learning Chinese with my daughter, I also print out the writing grids for myself.  This is why the above photo of the writing worksheets says “妈妈 Māmā” for 名字 (míngzì / name)!

Chinese Happy Birthday Song Word Puzzle

Chinese Happy Birthday Lyrics Word Puzzle

Another fun way to review Happy Birthday song lyrics is by cutting up the writing grid and turning it into a puzzle!

For beginners, I recommend:

  • Providing a complete copy of the lyrics to serve as a control.  This way a young learner can feel relaxed about focusing on the characters without worrying too much about memorizing from the onset
  • Tracing the Chinese characters before cutting up the lyrics.  As you can see, the light gray font is not very easy to see as the purpose is for your writing to stand out.  When you or your child writes over each word, the Chinese characters will be easier to read and remember.

Tips for teaching Happy Birthday Lyrics in Chinese

Please note that the font is extra large so that it is easier for young children to read the Chinese characters.

Also, each file has the Chinese birthday song with and without Pinyin/English.

I recommend that you give your child the Chinese song lyrics without Pinyin/English.

This will help him or her learn to read the Chinese characters distraction-free.

Here is the Chinese happy birthday song by A Little Mandarin in this video of birthday cake painting activity!

Educational Chinese birthday crafts for kids

Here are some birthday-themed activities that my children and I have enjoyed in the past!

More Chinese music for children

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