Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by wonlon, Dec 31, 2012.
Happy New Yearは 日本語で どう 言いますか。
It's not exactly a congratulatory remark on par with "Happy new year" but here it is:
New Year's Day, at least traditionally, is not so much a happy occasion as a formal occasion.
Thanks a lot!
Before the new year itself, one usually says 「良いお年を」（よいおとしを） I think. Because I believe the expressions Flaminius and Frequency gave, are not used before New Year's Day.
The reason they can still put something like 「明けましておめでとう」 on a postcard, is because the post in Japan has a special New Year service, so they deliver all cards on January 1st.
Yes, your understanding is correct, Yatalu.
Wonlon created this thread on Jan. 1st, 2013, so Flaminius and frequency are correct.
I wonder the equivalent expression for 良いお年を in English might be: "I wish you a happy new year. "
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