Interested in celebrating the お正月 (pronounced as oshôgatsu) or new year's eve in Japan? Then learning the most native ways of greeting someone with a happy new year in Japanese will come in handy for your trip. While many of the young people in the country can speak English, there is nothing more satisfying than seeing them impressed with your Japanese speaking skills. What better occasion to demonstrate your love for their language than new year's day, right? Let's dive deep into that in this exclusive Ling App guide.
New year's eve is one of the biggest and most special occasions for most of the countries across the globe. In fact, almost every movie released for the holiday season is centered on the magic of the new year or the festive spirit that people seem to have on this special day. If that's not enough to convince you, then just take a step back and think about the unique traditions that almost every country has just for this event alone! There's just something about this that somehow unites us at least for a few hours till the clock strikes 1.
For the case of the Japanese new year, the locals actually celebrate it for three whole days starting from January 1 to January 3. Since this is a special time for many, it is already on their calendar, and most of the companies are closed so that employees can celebrate with their family and friends or visit some unique tourist sites in the country. What's even more interesting is that some celebrate it for two whole weeks instead of just the regular three days in January!
If you plan to impress your Japanese friends, do remember that the tradition here is that you should say happy new year wishes between December 31 to January 3. Usually, the locals also prepare gifts for each other ad well as personally give holiday cards. The children usually receive holiday gifts known as お年玉 (pronounced as otoshidama). The gifts greatly vary, but it is more common to receive monetary gifts that can go as high as 10,000 yen!
In addition, new year's eve is usually celebrated with family, and you will be surprised with how many decorations the locals' homes will don! Additionally, the locals do 二年参り( pronounced as ninen-mairi) or the act of visiting a shrine/temple with the family while waiting for midnight.
Want to ensure that you are using the correct translation when greeting Japanese people a happy new year? Say your wishes with confidence today by taking note of these best ways to wish someone like a real native speaker. Of course, there are slang versions for this, but we will focus on the most common greetings that are deemed great to use, especially if you are a foreigner.
|I wish you a good new year||良いお年を||Yoiotoshiwo||Formal|
|Happy new year||新年おめでとう ございます||Hinnen omedetô gozaimasu||Formal|
|Happy new year||明けましておめでとう ございます||Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu||Formal|
|Happy new year||明けおめ||Akome||Informal|
|Please treat me well next year||ことよろ||Kotoyoro||Informal|
Now that we know the meaning of the most used phrases for greeting someone a happy new year in Japanese let us also learn about the common words related to this occasion. Take note of the table below to learn about the translations and the pronunciation guide.
As we reach this part of the post, we hope that you enjoyed learning how to say happy new year in Japanese and were able to learn and understand more about the new year celebrations in Japan, and the best greetings to send your best wishes. So whether you are planning to celebrate with random Japanese people or simply planning to impress a colleague, for the holiday season, learning the basic Japanese greetings will never let you down.
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