Happy Birthday in Khmer (រីករាយថ្ងៃខួបកំនើត / rikreay thngaikhuob kam neut) is used in Birthday celebrations in Cambodia. Most people around the world will agree that a birthday is one of the happiest and most important celebrations in their lives. This day is reserved not just because it is the day when you are born but it also symbolizes being grateful for another year of your life. But in Cambodia, they do not celebrate birthdays.
Unlike in other culture, birthdays in Cambodia is not considered as big events. Did you know that older Cambodians may not even know the exact date of their birthday? But don’t get them wrong. There is no reason to be sad because it’s part of Cambodian culture. This information might be new to you but for the very rich culture and tradition of Cambodians, this what makes them unique among others.
Wishing Someone Happy Birthday In Khmer
Even though Cambodians do not celebrate birthdays the way most people in the world do, there’s no reason to at least learn how to say Happy Birthday in Khmer. You can still greet somebody with a Happy Birthday especially when you are in Cambodia. It is still nice to learn how to say Happy Birthday in the Khmer language. This can also be a sign of respect and a way of letting people know that you remember them on the day they were born. To wish someone Happy Birthday in the Khmer language, you can use the following:
1. Rikreay Thngaikhuob Kam Neut (រីករាយថ្ងៃខួបកំនើត )
This is the most common and easiest way to say Happy Birthday in the Khmer language. This phrase literally means Happy Birthday in English.
2. Saum Aoy Avei Avei Laor Brasaer (សូមអោយអ្វីៗល្អប្រសើរ)
Wishing someone a happy birthday can also be indifferent form. You can use different words such as saum aoy avei avei laor brasaer (សូមអោយអ្វីៗល្អប្រសើរ) which means All the best! in English.
3. Khnhom Saumchounopr Aoy Anak Mean Thngaikamnaet Da Aschar (ខ្ញុំសូមជូនពរឱ្យអ្នកមានថ្ងៃកំណើតដ៏អស្ចារ្យ)
Another way of wishing someone a Happy Birthday is shnhom saumchounopr aoy anak mean thngaikamnaet da aschar (ខ្ញុំសូមជូនពរឱ្យអ្នកមានថ្ងៃកំណើតដ៏អស្ចារ្យ). This means I wish you a great birthday in English.
Now that you have learned 3 different ways to greet and wish someone Happy Birthday in the Khmer language, you can now use it in certain situations. You can also use it to write letters and dedication cards when it is someone’s birthday. Nowadays, if you want to greet someone with a happy birthday you can simply do it through social networking sites. You may send emojis, Gifs, and even voice messages just to let them know that you remember them. Remember, knowing the right words to say is just a way of greeting someone a Happy Birthday. The most important thing is sincerity while you are saying it.
Gift Giving In Cambodian Culture
Everything that has to do with birthdays, including gifts, should not be left out. Although it is not required, people, especially children, want to get something during their birthdays. Gifts are a sign of thoughtfulness for most of us. It may come in a different form. Talking about gift-giving, Cambodians practice a very unique etiquette. If you want to learn about this, check it out below:
1. Gifts Are Usually Given During Cambodian New Year
Like what it says above, birthdays are not big events in Cambodia. Cambodian New Year is a very important celebration for them as it symbolizes new beginnings. Even so, you can still give a gift to someone if it is his/her birthday. There’s nothing wrong with being thoughtful.
2. Gifts Are Usually Wrapped In Colorful Paper
Just like in other cultures, a gift should be well-presented. Nowadays, people tend to use shopping bags as gift wrappers but in Cambodia, it is nice to wrap the gifts in colorful paper. As a receiver, it is nice to see gifts that are well-wrapped. Avoid using white paper because white color means mourning in Cambodian culture.
3. Use Both Hands When Giving Gifts
Cambodians value respect. When giving gifts, using both hands is a sign of respect. It is a small gesture but it really means a lot in Cambodian culture.
4. Small Gift Can Also Be Taken If Invited To Someone’s Home For Food
As a visitor, it is nice to give small gifts like flowers, pastries, and fruits. It is also a sign of respect no come empty-handed when visiting one’s home. Please remember that showing respect results in stronger relationships.
Khmer Birthday Words And Phrases
Knowing how to say Happy Birthday in the Khmer language is not enough to celebrate such a wonderful day. Try to learn these different words and phrases that will surely help you celebrate birthdays with much joy.
|ធ្វើអំណោយ||thveuamnaoy||(to) make a gift|
|អញ្ចើញ||a nhcheunh||(to) invite|
|ពិធីជប់លៀង||pithi chub leang||party|
|ពិធីខួបកំនើត||pithi khuob kam neut||birthday party|
|អំណោយ||amnaoy||present / gift|
|ខ្ញុំអញ្ជើញអ្នកចូលរួមពិធីជប់់លៀង||khnhom anhcheunh nak chaulruom pithi chub lieng||I invite you to the party!|
|តើអ្នកចង់បានអ្វី||tae nak chang ban avei.||What would you like? / What do you want?|
Learn More About Khmer Language And Other Languages
Did you enjoy learning how to say Happy Birthday in Khmer? Try also learning how to say happy birthday in different languages like the following:
- Japanese – お誕生日おめでとう！(o-tanjoubi omedetou)
- Thai – สุขสันต์วันเกิด (suk-san wan-gued)
- French – Bon anniversaire !
- Spanish – ¡Feliz cumpleaños!
- Portuguese – Feliz aniversário!
- Italian – Buon compleanno!
Isn’t it amazing to be able to read, write and understand different languages? Learning Khmer and other languages can be more fun and exciting. If you have enjoyed learning the words and phrases above, you are now ready to start learning more Khmer and even other languages through Ling App. Take a step forward and do not feel reserved. This will not only give you a direct translation of a certain word and phrase you want to know but it will also help you answer some of your questions about a certain language.
English is surely a great language to be used in communication and other international services but English is not the only language in the world. Find another language and start learning it through Ling App. There’s nothing to lose anyway so why not try to level up your skills and vocabulary?