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5 ways to wish Arabs a happy birthday

Happy Birthday in Arabic

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Happy birthday in Arabic is: عيد مولد سعيد! (eid mulid saeid.) This term is used most often because it is the standard phrase and can always be used. In social networks, but also in personal conversations, you will find other expressions much more frequently. These are shorter and more concise.

5 Ways to Wish an Arab “Happy Birthday”

In the list below you will find different ways to congratulate an Arab. Some of these are short forms specifically for social media or informal conversations. Others, on the other hand, have a more general meaning and can of course be used in many ways.

  • !عيد مولد سعيد (eid mulid saeid!) – Happy Birthday
  • الكثير من الحظ (alkathir min alhazi) – Good luck
  • تهانينا (tahanina) – Congratulations
  • أتمنى لك كل خير (‘atamanaa lak kula khayr) – All the best
  • اتمنى لك عيد ميلاد سعيد (aitamana lak eid milad saeid) – I wish you a happy birthday

It’s best if you apply your knowledge right away and surprise an Arabic friend, acquaintance or relative with a “Happy Birthday” in Arabic. Arabs are particularly proud of their language and appreciate birthday wishes in their native language. But don’t be surprised if you get a response of “شكرا!” (shukran) or “شكرا جزيلا!” (shukran jazila!) – this means something like “(many) thanks”. And don’t forget: Variety makes life nicer – so you have several ways to congratulate an Arab.

Birthday gifts for an Arab

Due to the culture, it is often not so easy to choose something suitable for Arabs. A gift is de rigueur, but there are many cultural and religious rules that differ from country to country. What they have in common, however, is that no alcohol (including wine) and no pork products should be given away. Note that this also includes alcohol-based sweets, perfume and leather products made from pigs. The gift is to be given with the right hand. Flowers are also an unusual gift. Gifts could be Arabic sweets, cashmere, china, art or instruments.

More resources in Arabic

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In this category you will find more Arabic language expressions and lessons or do you want a learn another language? There is also an overview page with birthday wishes in all languages. Did you know something like “Happy Birthday” in Finnish (one of the hardest languages) is?

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