Special Greetings for Special Days

Learning Social Language

Table laid with birthday gifts and balloons
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It is common to use a special greeting used just for that occasion on special days, holidays and other special occasions. Here are some of the most common:

Birthdays

  • Happy birthday!
  • Best wishes/Good luck on your thirtieth (age - use an ordinal number) birthday!
  • Many happy returns!

Wedding/Anniversary

  • Congratulations!
  • Best wishes / good luck on your tenth (number - use an ordinal number) anniversary!
  • Here's to many more happy years together (used when making a toast)

    Special Holidays

    • Merry Christmas!
    • Happy New Year/Easter/Hanukkah/Ramadan etc.
    • All the best for a happy New Year/Easter/Hanukkah/Ramadan etc.

    When making special greetings to children on their birthday and at Christmas, it is also common to ask them what they received:

    • Merry Christmas! What did you get from Santa Claus?
    • Happy Birthday! What did your Daddy get for you?

    Special Occasions

    • Congratulations on your promotion!
    • All the best for your ...
    • I'm so proud of you!

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