6 Easy Ways To Greet Happy Birthday In Tagalog

February 25, 2021

Interested to know exactly how the locals say happy birthday in the Tagalog language and how they usually celebrate it? Find out more about their traditions and what to expect if ever you get invited to one of their salu-salos in this post today! To help you get started, this post is divided into four parts including comprehensive information about Filipino birthdays, greetings, authentic Tagalog songs, and other related concepts.

Filipino celebrations are one of the largest in the world and it remains to have that distinction up to this date. In fact, even OFWs from across countries gather around to do their potlucks and celebrate special occasions in the most Filipino ways.  And if there is one thing that you should always expect, celebrations actually involve a lot of food- not finger food and wine but buffet style that is enough to feed the whole neighborhood! Interested to know more? Read on about this below.

 

How Do Filipinos Celebrate Birthdays?

No one parties like Filipinos do. Aside from the fact that they are one of the countries known to have the longest celebration for the holidays, there is also one extremely special occasion that Filipinos look forward to… the epic birthday celebration! For most of the locals, birthdays are not just symbolisms that you are aging every year. For real Pinoys (adjective relation to Filipino descent) out there, birthdays are perfect for celebrating life with family and friends over some mouth-watering dishes and fizzy drinks.

Basically, there are also four major birthday milestones being celebrated such as the first birthday, seventh, 18th (for girls) or what is fondly called the debut, and 21st (for boys). In each of these, do note that it is also a tradition to give a small gift especially if you were personally invited. However, if you are like a family member or are actually part of the family, you can never go wrong with monetary gifts!

Given that the Philippines is a Roman Catholic country, it is common for family members to start the celebration with a mass. After the mass, you will instantly be invited to a salu-salo (the Tagalog term referring to banquet or feast) where you will get to fight your way for some lumpiang shanghai, birthday cakes from famous brands in the Philippines like Goldilocks and Red Ribbon) and pancit canton (which is believed to be a symbolism for long life)!

What makes this part even more special is the fact that during this special feast, it is highly possible for you to meet the rest of the clan because Filipino parties include the whole family, friends (and sometimes even the friends of the friends), relatives, co-workers, and even some kapitbahays (or local neighbors in English).

More importantly, be ready to belt out a few Karaoke songs because every Filipino gathering always involves singing karaoke. As a tip to wow and impress your Filipino friends, start by practicing some of the famous classic karaoke pieces like Ang Huling El Bimbo by Eraserheads and Narda by Kamikaze.

And as a hallmark of a true Filipino epic celebration, most of the closest family members and guests are usually allowed to pack leftover food once the party ends.  Understandably, since the locals love preparing dishes, there is usually so much food left which is why the host usually passes around the plastic containers so that guests can choose which food they want to take home.

 

Happy Birthday In The Tagalog Language

Technically, Filipinos combine two major terms when sharing their joyful greetings and these are the Tagalog words “maligaya” (which is directly translated in English as “happy or merry’”) and “kaarawan” (which refers to anniversaries or birthdays!) Make sure to take note of the list below so that you go beyond the traditional greetings and create a more meaningful interaction.

Tagalog English Translation
Maligayang kaarawan! Happy birthday! (traditional form)
Maligayang kaarawan ng pagsilang! Happy birth anniversary! (traditional form)
Maligayang bati! Happy birthday! (formal)
Maligayang bati sa iyong kaarawan! Happy wishes on your birthday! (formal)
Maligayang kaarawan sa iyo! Happy birthday to you! (formal)
Hapi bertday Happy birthday (very informal and should only be used with really close friends)

 

The Birthday Songs In The Tagalog Language

There are basically two major songs that you can usually hear during birthday celebrations this includes the traditional birthday song and the funny and informal song entitled Hapi Bertday. However, please note that Filipinos also use the English version frequently especially if you are dining in restaurants.

Tagalog Version of The Birthday Song English Translation
Maligayang bati Maligayang bati Maligayang, maligayang Maligayang bati! Happy Birthday to you, Happy Birthday to you, Happy birthday, happy birthday, Happy Birthday to you!
Hapi Bertday by Beerhouse Gang English Translation
Hapi hapi hapi bertdey Sa ’yo ang pulutan Sa ’yo ang inumin Hapi hapi hapi bertdey Sana’y malasing mo kami! Sana’y mabusog mo kami! Happy happy happy birthday You take care of the food You take care of the drinks Happy happy happy birthday Hope you get us drunk Hope you get us stuffed with food

 

Other Related Birthday Phrases And Terms In The Tagalog Language

Here are some other related words and statements that you might hear during Filipino birthday celebrations. Take note of these 10 entries below so that you know exactly what it means.

Tagalog English Translation
Bertday (informal) Birthday
Blowout Throw a party
Regalo Gift or present
Handa / Pagkain Party food
Ilang taon ka na ngayong araw? How old are you today?
Saan ang handaan? Where will the birthday party be?
May handaan bas a kaarawan mo? Will there be a party on your birthday?
Sana ay maging masaya ka sa araw na ito! I hope that you will be happy today!
Kailan ang kaarawan mo? When is your birthday?
Anong gusto mong regalo sa kaarawan mo? What gift would you like to receive on your birthday?

If you enjoyed this post, feel free to share it online through your social platforms to help us reach out to other Asian language enthusiasts out there. Also, please do not miss out and read our previous posts, vocabulary collections, and more Tagalog-related information such as the common funny phrases, expressing flavors like a real Pinoy, and the secrets to Tagalog writing.

 

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