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How do you Say Happy Birthday in Latin and 20 Other Languages?

How do you Say Happy Birthday in Latin and 20 Other Languages?
Wishing happy birthday in Latin

Happy Birthday In Latin

Birthday is the day when you are born. Birthdays are special for everyone no matter where he belongs from. Birthday, Anniversary, mother’s day, etc. are occasions for celebrations. Birthday is different from the other celebratory events in a way that it not only holds importance for the person but it is also very important for friends and family members. The people start preparations beforehand and get busy in selecting a specific gift.

Selection of a gift is also a special thing for people because they try to get a present which the receiver is in utter need of. Some people do not care for what they are giving and are of the view that it is the gesture that counts and not the gift. Similarly, some people do not believe in huge events and think that no matter what little they do honestly is sufficient be it wishing a person only. There is no record of how birthdays started to be celebrated and no one knows how it turned out as an event of celebration. It is said the first case of birthday celebrations came from ancient Egypt.

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Latin Language

In the Latin Language, Happy birthday is Felix Natalis. Romans and other cultures use the Latin language to wish birthdays. Another way of saying happy birthday or singing a happy birthday song is Felicem Natalem Diem. Which means I wish you a happy birthday.

In ancient Rome, there were at least three types of natalis. These songs and gifts were nothing like the gifts and songs we know today. People casually said to each other Natalis Tibi with or without adding a happy to it.

Nowadays it is a huge trend to wish birthdays and sing happy birthday songs. Different cultures celebrate birthdays with utmost importance. American birthday parties and Mexican birthday parties are both extravagant. Both place importance on the grand celebration.  At a basic birthday party, there are some birthday rituals like cutting the birthday cake, singing the birthday songs, etc.  The most common birthday song that everybody knows is ‘Happy birthday to you. Known by native speakers and English speakers as the American birthday song, it is very famous. At every birthday feast, you can listen to this song.

American Culture and Birthdays

In American culture, when you cut the cake, the entire family sings the birthday song for you.  According to the Asian language communities, birthday songs are based on wishes and blessings. Every language has its birthday song no matter how difficult it is. The hardest languages have their songs too because birthdays are empty without birthday songs.

How to say birthday in 20 other languages

Wishing happy birthday in Latin is ‘Felix Natalis’. And in the English language, we simply say ‘happy birthday to you’ or happy belated birthday to you. But in other languages, birthday wishes are lengthy. For example, in the Chinese language saying happy birthday is ‘祝你生日快乐’. And in the Turkish language, it is ‘Doğum günün Kutlu Olsun. Furthermore, in the Korean language saying happy birthday is ‘생일 축하 해요’ and ‘Buon compleanno’ in the Italian language. Hence every language has its birthday wishing words and blessings. Every culture has its birthday rituals and customs too. In the German language, happy birthday is ‘Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Geburtstag’.

Happy birthday in the Arabic Language is عيد ميلاد سعيد. In the Russian language ‘С Днем рожденья тебя’ is how you say happy birthday to you. Africans use ‘Geluk met jou verjaarsdag’ for wishing others a happy birthday.  Portuguese language states ‘Feliz Aniversário’ which means happy birthday. And in France ‘joyeux anniversaire’ means happy birthday to you. Read this article to know what was the first language on the earth?

People using the Persian language say ‘تولدت مبارک’  for happy birthday. And for the Hebrew language, יום הולדת שמח לך means happy birthday to you. In Hawai, you say ‘hauʻoli lā hānau iā ‘oe’ for a happy birthday. Greeks say ‘χρόνια σου πολλά’ for happy birthday. The Dutch language use ‘ik wens je een gelukkige verjaardag’ for happy birthday. And in the Thai language happy birthday to you is สุขสันต์วันเกิด. In Sweden, you say  Grattis på födelsedagen for a happy birthday. Last but not least in the Esperanto language happy birthday is feliĉan naskiĝtagon al vi.

Languages like Esperanto, Portuguese, Latin, and Spanish, etc. have almost similar ways of wishing birthdays. Whereas, other languages which are similar to each other have similar ways of wishing birthdays.

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Birthday traditions and rituals in different cultures

Every culture has its own sets of ideas regarding birthday celebrations. Most of the world celebrates birthdays by cutting cakes and lighting candles but there are significant other parts of the world that still follow some customs when it comes to birthdays. In Vietnam, it was a general tradition that people would not celebrate their birthdays on the date they were born but on the date of the new year.

The most popular tradition that we all know is the Mexican birthday pinata which is filled with candies and chocolates. It is usually based on the shape of a horse or some other thing and I was broken by the birthday boy or birthday girl. In China, Korea, and Japan-specific noodles are served.  Eating them means longevity and good health. they are meant for bringing good luck.

Canada’s nose greasing with butter ritual is specific for birthday boys who are unmarried and cross 30 years of age. Whereas, in Jamaica, the person himself is coated with flour. People in Ireland make the birthday person upside down. The head of the birthday boy is bumped with the floor which knocks off bad luck and brings in happiness and good vibes.

Ancient Roman birthdays slowly have become a part of the common peoples’ lives.  By giving stones and flowers as gifts, gradually cakes and candles also became part of their celebrations as time passed. Nowadays cakes and candles are the go-to items for any and every birthday.

Popular Culture

In popular culture saying happy birthday is not the only way of wishing someone for their birthday. Many other expressions are also in vogue like ‘happy hatch day’, ‘happy level up day’ or simply ‘happy to you’.  Various other wishes and blessings are like ‘Many returns of the day, ‘May you have many more, ‘May all your wishes come true. And more common ones are like ‘I wish you all the happiness, ‘I wish you many more candles to blow’ etc.


In short, Happy birthday in Latin shows us the evolution of birthdays in Roman culture and it also shows how different languages have different ways of saying happy birthday to you. The difference is major because of the language barrier, otherwise, all the languages have the same sentiments and ideas behind birthdays. The thought process and the purpose behind birthday wishes are to celebrate the day when a particular person is born and to celebrate the happiness that came with him and his life. Although some cultures see birthdays as ordinary days and do not celebrate them considering it is another year passing and life furthering towards death. But the majority of the world sees it as a celebration and as a happy occasion.

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