Happy New Year

Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by wonlon, Dec 31, 2012.

  1. wonlon Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Chinese - Cantonese
    Happy New Yearは 日本語で どう 言いますか。
  2. Flaminius

    Flaminius coclea mod

    capita Iaponiae
    日本語 / japāniski / יפנית
    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.
  3. frequency

    frequency Senior Member

    Tokyo, Japan
  4. wonlon Senior Member

    Hong Kong
    Chinese - Cantonese
    Thanks a lot!
  5. Yatalu

    Yatalu Member

    Dutch (Flanders)
    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.
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2013
  6. Wishfull Senior Member

    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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