Typical New Year Greetings In French

Paris New Year celebration
The Arc de Triomphe is illuminated with the standard New Year greeting on December 31, 2016. Bernard Menigault / Contributor

Now that you know how the French celebrate the new year and learned the new year related French vocabulary, let's talk about the typical new year greetings.

Typical French New Year Greeting

In English, you say "happy NEW year". But we don't say the "new" in French, only "happy year".

Bonne année - Happy New Year

We usually follow this expression with "have a good health" - I guess it's a habit to say both at the same time.

Bonne santé - Good health to you

More New Year Greetings Examples in French

The holiday season in France starts with la Saint Nicolas on December 6th (not everybody agrees on this... but let's say end of November/ beginning of December) and ends with the 3 Kings Day (l'´Epiphanie, when you typically eat "une galette des rois" in France) on January 6th.

However, you are lucky: it's customary to send out your good wishes until the very end of January!

Here are some examples of what you could write on a greeting cards to your French friends:

Toute la famille se joint à moi pour vous souhaiter une joyeuse année 2016 : que la santé, l'amour et la réussite vous accompagnent dans tous vos projets. 
The whole family joins me to wish you a joyful year 2016: let health, love, and success be with you in all your projects.

Une année se termine, une autre la remplace : voici une merveilleuse occasion de vous adresser tous mes vœux de bonheur et de réussite.

A year ends, another one replaces it: here is a marvelous occasion to send you all my wishes for happiness and success.

Nous vous souhaitons ainsi qu'à tous vos proches une bonne et heureuse nouvelle année. 
We wish you a good a happy new year, as well as all your relatives.

Je te souhaite une très bonne année 2016, pleine de projets, de rencontres et de belles surprises. 

I wish you a very happy 2016, full of projects, encounters, and beautiful surprises.

Tous nos vœux pour cette nouvelle année, ils portent en eux l'expression d'une sincère affection. 
All our wishes for this new year. They carry the expression of my deepest friendship.

Nous vous envoyons tous nos meilleurs vœux pour la nouvelle année et vous embrassons bien fort. 
Sending you all our wishes for the new year XOXO.

Que te souhaiter de mieux que la santé dans ta vie, la prospérité dans ton travail et beaucoup d'amour tout au long de cette Nouvelle Année.
What best could we wish you more than health in your life, prosperity in work and lots of love throughout the New Year?

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