Posted on January 1, 2009. Filed under: celebrations |

Do you know someone who speaks another language? Here’s how to wish them a happy new year!

1. Arabic: Kul ‘aam u antum  salimoun

2. Chinese: Xin Nian Hao

3. Czechoslavakia: Scastny Novy Rok

4. Dutch: Gullukkig Niuw Jaar

5. Finnish: Onnellista Uutta Vuotta

6. French: Bonne Annee

7. German: Prosit Neujahr

8. Greek: Eftecheezmaenos o Kaenooryos hronos

9. Hebrew: L’Shannah Tovah Tikatevu

10. Hindi: Niya Saa Moobaarak


12. Italian: Buon Capodanno

13. Japanese: Akemashite omedeto u gozaimasu

14. Laotian: Sabai dee pee mai

15. Polish: Szczesliwego Nowego Roku

16. Portuguese: Feliz Ano Novo

17. Russian: S Novim Godom

18. Spanish: Feliz Ano Neuvo

19. Turkish: Mutlu Yıllar

20. Vietnamese: Cung-Chuc Tan Xuan


Although most NYers would like to believe it, not everyone around the world is waiting for the ball to drop in Times Square.

Here are 10 ways the new year is celebrated around the world. Try one next year!

  1. Spain: eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight
  2. Denmark: at midnight, stand on a chair and jump off
  3. Columbia: wear red or yellow underwear for good luck
  4. Finland: drop molten tin into water. The resulting shape will forcast the next year.
  5. China: scare away bad spirits with dragon dances, lion dances and plenty of fire crackers
  6. Japan: strike a temple bell 108 times to curb 108 desires that torment humankind
  7. Denmark: throw old dishes at friends’ and loved one’s houses
  8. Peru: burning elaborate effigies of notable people from the previous year
  9. Scotland: first footer- the first person who steps into your house in the new year will set your luck for the next year. Traditionally the best “first footers” are considered tall, black-haired men bearing gifts
  10. Norway: prepare rice pudding with one whole almond mixed in. Whoever gets the lucky almond will have wealth and luck in the New Year

How do you celebrate the New Year?


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2 Responses to “HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

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2. Chinese: Chu Shen Tan
I don’t see there is any close link between “Hppy New Year” in Chinese and “Chu Shen Tan”.
In Chinese Pin Ying, it is “Xin Nian Hao”.

Your right! I think Chu Shen Tan is closer to Merry Christmas. I will correct it. Thanks!

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