Happy Birthday in Latin

Three Ways to Express Birthday Wishes

The Romans may or may not have wished each other a happy birthday. (If you know and have a reference, please post it on the How to Say Happy Birthday in Latin Submission page.)

But that doesn't mean we can't use the Latin language to wish someone a happy birthday. The following seems to be the best way to express "happy birthday" in Latin.

Felix Sit Natalis Dies

Using the accusative case, specifically the accusative of exclamation, felix sit natalis dies is one way to say "happy birthday." Similarly, you could also say "felicem diem natalem."

Habeas Felicitatem in Die Natus Es

"Habeas felicitatem in die natus es" is another possiblity. The phrase roughly translates to "on happiness to love you." 

Natalis Laetus

A third way to wish happy birthday is "Natalis laetus mihi!" if you want to say "happy birthday to me." Or, "Natalis laetus tibi!" is you want to say "happy birthday to you."

Other Romance Languages

It may be worth taking a look at other romance languages to get an insight. In Catalan, people say "Per molts anys" which would be literally translated as 'for many years'. In Romanian, they say '"la multi ani'" which is something very similar.

Considering that Italian is the evolution of Latin, it might be particularly interesting to see how Italians wish each other a happy birthday. A common way to wish happy birthday in Italian is "Ti faccio gli auguri'" (auguri meaning wishes as opposed to birthday).

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