Birthdays are one of the most special occasions of the year. Whether you are turning 20 or 90, your birthday is an event to look forward to. A birthday is a chance for everyone in the family to gather together and celebrate the passing of another year. If it was a bad year, then your birthday is a chance for a good start. When you enjoyed a positive year, then it is a chance to hope for an even better future.
One of the problems with birthdays is knowing how to celebrate them. In a way, birthdays are like funerals. “I’m sorry for your loss,” and “Happy birthday,” seem too polite and standard to really express how you feel. Happy birthday is one of the most common birthday-related greetings that you will hear, but there are many other options that you can choose as well. To make sure that your friend really understands your birthday greetings, try to mix things up in the way that you congratulate them on their special day.
Uncertain about what to say? One easy way to mix things up is by wishing your friend or family member happy birthday in a different language. For some reason, saying happy birthday in French just sounds cooler. Other than being a chic way to wish someone a good birthday, you can also try picking a language that your friend knows. For example, if your friend was raised in a Spanish-speaking family, try wishing them a happy birthday in Spanish. If they have a love of Japanese culture and spent years studying it in school, try using Japanese instead.
If you really want a cool birthday greeting, make a birthday card with multiple ways of saying happy birthday. Get a calligraphy pen and write out all of the ways that you can wish someone a happy birthday in different languages.
For Italian birthday wishes, try “Buon Compleanno.” Meanwhile, you can say happy birthday in French using, “Bon Anniversaire.” If you are wishing a close family member or loved one a happy birthday though, try using “Joyeux Anniversaire” instead.
For Spanish, you can use the basic “Felix Cumpleaños.” To spice thins up though, you can always use “Que cumplas muchos más” instead. This literally means “May you have many more birthdays.” While this is not quite what you would hear in English, it is a normal birthday wish in Spanish. If your friend loves Japanese culture, try using “ Otanjou-bi Omedetou Gozaimasu”
English Language Birthday Greetings
If you get tongue-tied just thinking about a foreign language, you still have options available. There are many ways that you can wish someone a happy birthday in English that are unique and creative. We will include some of the most common options. Depending on your relationship with the individual and their personality, one of these options may fit better than the others.
“You have just circuited the sun another time. Here is to another 365-day journey around the sun. Enjoy!”
“You are not only another year older. You are also another year better.”
“Enjoy your birthday—be good, but not too good.”
“May the best of your past year be the worst of the one to come.”
“Enjoy your __th trip around the sun.”
“When you blow out those birthday candles, I hope that all of your wishes come true.”
“Another year and another body part aches. Happy birthday!”
“Congratulations for living to see age ___!”
“You are not 40. You are just 20 years old and holding for 20 years.”
“Smile while you still have all of your teeth!”
“Congratulations on surviving another year.”
“Congratulations for avoiding death for another year.”
“May your birthday be as sweet as you are.”
“May your life be so happy that your only wrinkles are laugh lines.”
“You are so amazing. With every year that passes, you miraculously become better looking.”
“Your birthday candles make a lovely light, but they are not nearly as bright as your eyes tonight.”
“How can I possibly remember your birthday when you never look any older?”
“This moment commemorates my favorite ever. ___ years ago, you were born and made the world better just by existing.”
“I hope your day is as sweet as you are.”
Birthday Greetings in Other Languages
If none of the previous birthday wishes seem just right, you can always opt for using another language. We have compiled a list of birthday greetings in some of the top languages around the world. Enjoy!
Afrikaans: Gelukkige Verjaarsdag
Aleut: Raazdinyaam Ugutaa
Arabic: kul ‘am wa antum bekheir
Catalan: Per Molts anys
Cornish: Penn-bloedh Lowen
Croatian: Sretan rodendan
Czech: Všechno nejlepší k narozeninám
Danish: Tillykke med fødselsdagen
Dutch: Fijne verjaardag
Estonian: Palju õnne sünnipäevaks
Finnish: Hyvää syntymäpäivää
French: Bon anniversaire
German: Alles Gute zum Geburtstag
Hawaiian: Hauʻoli lā hānau
Icelandic: Til hamingju með afmælið
Irish: Lá breithe shona duit
Italian: Buon compleanno
Norwegian: Gratulerer med dagen
Pashto: de zaigaidelo kaleeza dai mubarak sha
Polish: Wszystkiego najlepszego
Portuguese: Feliz Aniversário
Romanian: La multi ani
Shona: Uve nezuva rakanaka rekuzvarwa
Spanish: Feliz cumpleaños
Swedish: Grattis på födelsedagen
Tagalog: Maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan
Tsonga: Ndzi tlangela siku ro velekiwa
Delivering Your Birthday Greetings
Depending on who you are wishing a happy birthday, you have a number of ways to share your well wishes. You could just tell them happy birthday in person or leave a Facebook post. For a more personalized approach though, nothing beats a traditional birthday card and gift.
Plan out the present that you want to buy in advance. Some people like useful gifts, although food is always a good option. For other people, luxury items like fine perfume or chocolates are the perfect gift. These options help the person to feel pampered on their special day.
Once you have selected the right gift, your next step is to write out your card. There are a number of different sweet, romantic or funny birthday cards that you can choose from. You need to make sure that you keep the person in mind when you buy the card. Some people are not comfortable with growing older. If you buy a card that makes fun of them, their age or their wrinkles, they might not appreciate it. Funny cards might be entertaining, but they are only a good gift idea if you think that the person will actually enjoy them.
For children, you really do not have to worry about the birthday greetings or card a lot. Most kids throw the card in the trash unless their parents make them read it. For kids, the main thing that they care about is the birthday gift. A pretty card will look nice in their scrapbook and be a memory that they can look back on, but they might not appreciate it a lot right now.
By learning other ways to say happy birthday, you can make sure that your friend or family member has a memorable day. For a spouse or date, plan out a fun evening event and shower them with attention. Events are a way to make the day more memorable and more enjoyable, so have some fun planning out the perfect birthday experience.