January 2, 2021

New Year Wishes in 40 Languages

Thanks to my Facebook and professional online networks, I have compiled the following list of global new year greetings! 

In each line take note: 
The name of the language: The greeting in that language. Words in parenthesis (...) are the required transliterations for any scripts that aren't Roman. Blue bolded word are the translations. 

If there is no translation, the translation is "Happy New Year." 

New year wishes from different cultures.

Almost 50 Ways to Say Happy New Year in World Languages
  1. Afrikaans: Voorspoedige Nuwejaar
  2. Afrikaans: Ek wens u en u gesin 'n geseënde Nuwe Jaar vir 2021! I wish you and your family a blessed New Year for 2021 I wish you and your family a blessed New Year for 2021.
  3. Arabic: سنة سعيدة (sunat saeida) Happy year.
  4. Arabic: كل سنة وأنت طيب (kl sanat wa'ant tayib – for males) Each year and you’re good.
  5. Arabic: كل سنة وأنتِ طيبة (Koll sana wenty tayeba – for females) Each year and you’re good.
  6. Armenian: Շնորհավոր Ամանոր (Shnorhavor Amanor)
  7. Armenian: Նոր տարիv (Nor tari) New Year!
  8. Bulgarian: Честита Нова Година! (Chestita Nova Godina!) 
  9. Chinese: 新年快乐 (xin nian kuai le) 
  10. Czech: Šťastný Nový Rok 
  11. Danish: Godt Nytår! Good New Year!
  12. Dutch: Gelukkig nieuwjaar! 
  13. French: Bonne année!
  14. German: Guter Rutsch! Have a good slide. (Used on New Year’s Eve.)
  15. German: Ein gutes neues Jahr! Wishing you a happy new year!
  16. Greek: Καλή χρονιά κι ευτυχισμένος ο καινούριος χρόνος (Kalí chroniá kai eftychisménos o kainoúrios chrónos) A good and happy new year.
  17. Hellenic: Καλη χρονια
  18. Greek: Χρόνια Πολλά (Xronia Polla) Many years!
  19. Hindi: नव वर्ष की शुभकामनाएँ (Nav varsh ki shubhkaamnaein)
  20. Hindi: आप को नए साल की,बोहोत शुभ कामनाएं और मुबारक. आप का साल मंगल मय हो. (Aap ko naye saal ki,bohot shubh kamnaye aur mubarak. Aap ka saal mangal maye ho.) Wishing you a very happy new year. May your year be auspicious.
  21. Indonesian: Selamat tahun baru.
  22. Italain: Felice anno nuovo.
  23. Italian: Bonne santé. Good health.
  24. Italian: Buon Anno a tutti! A happy new year to all!
  25. Japanese: 明けましておめでとうございます (akemasiteomedetogozaimasu) A proper way of saying happy new year.
  26. Japanese: あけおめ (akeome ) How millennials say happy new year.
  27. Kannada: ಹೊಸ ವರ್ಷದ ಶುಭಾಶಯಗಳು (Hosa varShada shubhAshayagaLu) Good wishes for the new year.
  28. Klingon: DIS chu' DatIvjaj!
  29. Korean: 새해 복 많이 받으세요! (saehae bog manh-i bad-euseyo!) Best wishes for a happy new year.
  30. Latvian: Laimīgu Jauno Gadu!
  31. Macedonian: Среќна Нова Година и Честит Божиќ! (Sreḱna Nova Godina i Čestit Božiḱ!) Happy New Year and Merry Christmas!
  32. Malayalam: പുതു വർഷ ആശംസകൾ (Pudhu varsha Asamshagal)
  33. Morse code: .... .- .--. .--. -.-- / -. . .-- / -.-- . .- .-.
  34. Polish: Szczęśliwego Nowego Roku. 
  35. Portugese: Feliz año nuevo.
  36. Português: Os melhores desejos para 2021! Best wishes for 2021! 
  37. Romanian: Un an nou fericit!
  38. Russian: С Новым Годом! (S Novym Godom!) Congrats with a New Year and happiness that it brings with it.
  39. Serbian: Srećna Nova godina!
  40. Spanish: ¡Feliz año nuevo!
  41. Spanish: Les deseo un feliz y próspero año nuevo. Wish you a happy and prosperous new year.
  42. Swedish: gott nytt år
  43. Tagalog/Filipino: Manigong Bagong Taon!
  44. Tamil: புத்தாண்டு நல் வாழ்த்துகள் (putthandu nal vazhthukkal)
  45. Telugu: నూతన సంవత్సర శుభాకాంక్షలు (Nuthana Samvatsara Shubakankshalu) New year best wishes.
  46. Turkish: Mutlu yılla. Happy Years.
  47. Tswana: Wa ga mosha
  48. Visaya: Maayong Bag-ong tuig!
  49. Xosha: Ndikunqwenelela uNyaka oMnandi wonyaka! I wish you a happy New Year.
While many cultures may observe or celebrate the New Year on January 1 every year as per the Gregorian calendar, there are many other cultures which celebrate local ethnic New Year celebrations as per their [solar] calendar. 


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