Language Matters: Happy New Year!

We know that not everyone celebrates the New Year at the same time, but for many people around the world, the transition from December 31st to January 1st is a time for celebration, new beginnings, and sometimes even a kiss at midnight.

In the spirit of celebration, here are a few ways to say “Happy New Year” in various languages:

Afrikaans — Voorspoedige nuwe jaar

Arabic — Kul ‘am wa antum bikhair

Basque — Urte Berri on

Bengali — Shuvo noboborsho

Chinese (Cantonese) — Sun nien fai lok

Chinese (Mandarin) — Xin nian yu kuai

Czech — Stastny Novy Rok

Danish — Godt NytÅr

Dutch — Gelukkig nieuwjaar

Esperanto — Bonan Novjaron

Finnish — Onnellista uutta vuotta

French — Bonne année

German — Ein glückliches neues Jahr

Greek — Eutychismenos o kainourgios chronos

Hungarian — Boldog uj evet

Indonesian (Bahasa) — Selamat Tahun Baru

Italian — Felice Anno Nuovo or Buon anno

Japanese — Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu

Korean — Sehe Bokmanee Bateuseyo

Laotian (Hmong) — Nyob Zoo Xyoo Tshiab

Latin — Felix sit annus novus

Nigerian (Hausa) — Barka da sabuwar shekara

Norwegian — Godt Nytt År

Philippines (Tagalog) — Manigong Bagong Taon

Polish — Szczesliwego Nowego Roku

Romanian — La Multi Ani si Un An Nou Fericit

Samoan — Ia manuia le Tausaga Fou

Spanish — Feliz año nuevo

Swahili — Heri za Mwaka Mpya

Swedish — Gott Nytt År

Thai — Sawatdee Pi Mai

Vietnamese — Chuc mung nam moi

Welsh — Blwyddyn Newydd Dda

Is your native language on this list?  Can you add any others?
Thanks to InfoPlease for the data!

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