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Happy birthday in Indonesian 

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Happy birthday in Indonesian is: Selamat ulang tahun! 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.

6 Ways to Wish Indonesians “Happy Birthday”

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In the list below you will find different ways of congratulating an Indonesian. 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 different ways.

  • Selamat ulang tahun! Happy Birthday / Happy Birthday
  • Selamat atas hari ulang tahunmu dan semua yang terbaik! Happy birthday and all the best
  • Selamat! – Congratulations / My congratulations
  • Semua yang terbaik! – All the best
  • Saya mengucapkan selamat ulang tahun! Happy Birthday to you
  • Banyak keberuntungan! – Good luck
  • Panjang umur, sehat selalu, dan sukses selalu. – Long life, always healthy and always successful.
  • Semoga usiamu panjang dan bahagia selalu. – May you live long and always be happy.
  • Di hari ulang tahunmu ini, aku mendoakan agar kamu selalu diberkati dan selalu tersenyum. – On your birthday I pray that you are always blessed and always smile.

It’s best if you apply your knowledge right away and surprise an Indonesian friend, acquaintance or relative with a “Happy Birthday” in Indonesian. But don’t be surprised if you get a “Terima kasih!” or “Terima kasih banyak!” back, which means something like “(Thank you very much”). And don’t forget: Variety makes life nicer – so you have several ways to congratulate an Indonesian.

Birthday gifts for Indonesians

It is often very difficult to choose the right gift – even more so if you are of a different nationality. Of course you can’t go wrong with vouchers, gifts of money, fragrances, technology and games – but these are just standard gifts. However, Indonesians also enjoy local and regional products from their country, as well as technical items. Of course you can mix Indonesian products with your own regional products and have a perfect and delicious gift. Note that not all goods may be imported or exported to the EU or India.

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Alternatively, I have a few specific tips for you as to which gifts Indonesians are happy about.

  • Batik Clothing: Batik is a traditional Indonesian handicraft that is made on fabrics and is very commonly used in clothing. A tie-dye dress or blouse can be a special gift that honors Indonesian culture and tradition.
  • Indonesian Handicrafts: Indonesia has a rich tradition of handicraft making. Carved wooden figures, fine metalwork, traditional dolls, beautiful pottery and fine jewelry are just a few examples of Indonesian handicrafts.
  • Indonesian food: Indonesian cuisine is known for its variety of tastes. A voucher for an Indonesian restaurant or a basket of Indonesian food and spices can be a special gift.
  • Indonesia Travel Experiences: Indonesia has many amazing places to visit like Borobudur Temple, Taman Mini Indonesia Park or the beautiful beaches of Bali. A trip to Indonesia or a tour to one of these places can be an unforgettable gift.
  • Indonesian Music or Movies: Music and movies are important parts of Indonesian culture. A CD or DVD of Indonesian music or films makes a perfect gift.

Indonesian birthday party – this is how people celebrate in Indonesia

In Indonesia, birthdays are traditionally celebrated as important occasions and can therefore be very festive. I would like to give you some typical elements that can appear in an Indonesian birthday party:

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  • Traditional Food: Food celebrations are very important in Indonesia and there are many traditional dishes that can be served at birthday celebrations. There may be a special type of rice dish or noodle dish typically served at birthday parties, as well as a variety of snacks and sweets.
  • Birthday Cake: A birthday cake is an important part of an Indonesian birthday celebration. The cake is often elaborately decorated and provided with candles. The birthday person is asked to blow out the candles while all the guests sing “Happy Birthday”.
  • Traditional Clothing: Many Indonesians wear traditional clothing for birthday celebrations. Women often wear dresses or sarongs while men wear shirts and traditional pants.
  • Gifts: As in many other cultures, gifts are exchanged in Indonesia. Monetary gifts are often given to the birthday child, but other gifts such as clothing, jewelery or electronic devices are also (now) common.
  • Music and Dance: Music and dance play an important role in Indonesian celebrations. There may be live music or a music system, and it is common to dance traditional dances such as jaipongan or saman dances.

It should be noted that the way birthdays are celebrated in Indonesia can vary by region and community.

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Birthday cards and birthday sayings for Indonesians

Below you would like to name some beautiful birthday sayings that you can use for birthday cards.

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  • Selamat ulang tahun! Semoga kamu selalu bahagia dan sukses dalam segala hal yang kamu lakukan. (Happy Birthday! May you always be happy and prosper in whatever you do.)
  • Pada hari istimewamu ini, aku ingin mengucapkan selamat ulang tahun dan berharap kamu akan mendapatkan semua yang kamu inginkan. (On your special day I want to wish you a happy birthday and I hope you get everything you wish for.)
  • Di hari ulang tahunmu ini, aku ingin mengirimkan doa dan harapan terbaik untukmu. Semoga hidupmu dipenuhi dengan kebahagiaan dan keberhasilan. (On your birthday I want to send you my best prayers and wishes. May you have a life full of happiness and prosperity.)
  • Selamat ulang tahun! Semoga hari istimewamu ini penuh dengan kebahagiaan, cinta, dan kenangan indah yang akan selalu kamu ingat. (Happy Birthday! May you have a special day filled with happiness, love and beautiful memories that you will always remember.)
  • Hari ini adalah hari istimewamu, di mana kita merayakan kelahiranmu ke dunia ini. Selamat ulang tahun, semoga kamu selalu diberkati dengan kesehatan dan kebahagiaan. (Today is your special day as we celebrate your birth into this world. Happy birthday, may you always be blessed with health and happiness.)
  • Di hari istimewamu ini, aku berharap semua impian dan nahginanmu terkabul. Selamat ulang tahun! (On your special day, I hope all your dreams and wishes come true. Happy Birthday!)
  • Selamat ulang tahun! Hari ini adalah hari spesialmu dan aku ingin kamu tahu bahwa kamu sangat berarti bagi banyak orang, termasuk aku. (Happy Birthday! Today is your special day and I want you to know that you are very important to many people including me.)
  • Di hari ulang tahunmu ini, aku berharap kamu akan selalu dikelilingi oleh cinta, kebahagiaan, dan keberhasilan. Selamat ulang tahun! (On your birthday, I hope you are always surrounded by love, happiness and success. Happy Birthday!)

So you now have enough options to choose a nice birthday saying and to write a nice greeting card for an Indonesian.

More resources in Indonesian

Are you looking for more phrases and lessons in Indonesian? Then you will find many more topics and other languages ​​on the overview page.

Happy birthday in other languages

Here you will find a post list about Birthday wishes in many other languages. In addition to birthday wishes, there are also wishes for a name day, Happy Easter, Happy New Year and Merry Christmas.

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