How to wish a happy new year in Thai

by | Dec 29, 2020 | Thai

January 1st is coming soon and more people are already preparing to get together and spend time with their family.

In this article, let’s learn how to say ‘Happy new year in Thai’.

Wishing a Happy new year in Thai

You can say either of the following 2 ways:

  • Happy new year!
    sà-wàt-dee bpee mài

  • Happy new year!
    sùk-săn wan bpee mài

Another way to wish someone a happy new year in Thai is:

  • I wish you a happy new year!
    kŏr hâi mee kwaam sùk wan bpee mài

Happy New year in Thai

Let’s breakdown some of the vocabulary:

  • ปี (bpee): Year

  • ใหม่ (mài): new

  • วัน (wan): day

  • สุขสันต์ / ความสุข (sùk-kà-săn / kwaam sùk): happiness

  • ขอให้ (kŏr hâi): May you..

Did you that Thais celebrate 2 more types of New year?

Thais also celebrate Songkran day (วันสงกรานต์ wan sŏng-graan) and Chinese new year (ตรุจจีน dtrùt jeen).

Songkran day is celebrated April 13th-15th every year and is the true traditional Thai new year.

Chinese new year takes place between 21 January and 20 February every year.

To wish someone a happy Songkran day, you can use the same pattern:

Either of these work:

  • Happy Songkran!
    sà-wàt-dee bpee mài

  • Happy Songkran!
    sùk wan sŏng-graan

To wish someone a Happy Chinese new year, you can use the same pattern:

Either of these work:

  • Happy Chinese new year!
    sà-wàt-dee wan dtrùt jeen

  • Happy Chinese new year
    sùk săn wan dtrùt jeen

Example sentences related to New year in Thai

In these example sentences, feel free to replace (ปีใหม่ bpee mài) with any of the other new years Thai people celebrate.

  • Where are you going to count down?
    jà káo daao têe năi

  • Are you going to go to the party?
    jà bpai bpaa-dtêe măi

  • Where are you going to celebrate new year?
    jà chà-lŏng (bpee mài) têe năi

  • How many days off are you taking for New year?
    yùt (bpee mài) gèe wan

If you want to learn about how to talk about your new year’s resolutions in Thai, check out my article.

I hope that you now can wish someone a happy new year in the Thai language.

Please have fun and take care during the new year.

I also have a video about this topic here:

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