"On the occasion of the Lunar New Year -- the Year of Tiger, I would like to extend my warmest wishes to the Chinese people," the secretary-general said in the message.
"I wish the Chinese people greater prosperity, happiness and well-being in the New Year," he said, "I look forward to greater contributions by the Chinese people toward world peace and development in the New Year."
In the message, Ban also writes the Chinese characters "Hu Nian Da Ji," meaning in English "Good luck in the Year of the Tiger."
The secretary-general signed the message in Chinese.
The Spring Festival, or China's Lunar New Year which falls on Sunday this year, is China's most important annual event for family reunions.