How to Say Happy New Year in German

The turn of the year is a momentous occasion celebrated all around the world. If you're in Germany or speaking with German-speaking individuals, it's important to know how to express your well-wishes for Silvester. Here are some phrases to help you convey your warmest wishes.

Frohes Neues Jahr - (froh-es noy-es yahr)

This is the most common way to say "Happy New Year" in German. It's suitable for both formal and informal situations, so you can use it with anyone from close friends and family to colleagues or strangers.
Ein glückliches neues Jahr - (ain glueck-lich-es noy-es yahr)

"A lucky new year". It's a more formal and comprehensive way to wish someone a happy and fortunate new year.

Prosit Neujahr - (pro-sit noy-yahr)

"Prosit Neujahr" is traditionally used at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve. The phrase comes from the Latin word 'prosit' which means 'may it be good'. This phrase is often accompanied by a toast.

Gutes Neues - (goo-tes noy-es)

This is a more informal and shortened form of "Frohes Neues Jahr". It's often used in casual settings and among friends.

As you step into the new year, these phrases will help you spread the cheer in German.  Frohes Neues Jahr!

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