To round off the year, we’re taking a look at how you can get into the festive spirit in BM. Here are some basic phrases that you can use for the major celebrations in Malaysia, including Christmas, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, and birthdays.
|Merry Christmas||Selamat Hari Natal|
|Happy Hari Raya Aidilfitri||Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri|
|Happy New Year||Selamat Tahun Baru|
|Happy Chinese New Year||Selamat Tahun Baru Cina|
|Happy Deepavali / Diwali||Selamat Hari Deepavali / Diwali|
|Happy fasting / ramadhan||Selamat berpuasa|
|Happy Merdeka||Selamat Hari Merdeka|
|Happy Eid al-Adha||Selamat Hari Raya Eid al-Adha|
|Happy Malaysia Day||Selamat Hari Malaysia|
|Happy birthday||Selamat hari lahir|
|Happy anniversary||Selamat ulang tahun|
Here are some extra nuggets of information:
- It’s quite common in Malaysia to wish people a Happy Chinese New Year in Mandarin, which would be Gong Xi Fa Chai.
- The word selamat translates to ‘safe’, but it is used in greetings in place of ‘happy’. I’m not sure why, though. You can substitute it with salam, which simply means ‘greetings’, but that’s still quite unusual.
- Some other celebrations in Malaysia that are a public holiday include Nuzul Qur’an (the revelation of the Qur’an), Maulidur Rasul (Prophet Muhammad’s birthday), and Thaipusam (the Hindu festival of thanksgiving to Lord Murugan). Well wishes and greetings are uncommon on these days.
Also, if you need any clarification, leave a comment down below and we’ll try out best to help you unravel the mysteries of BM. Check out the entire series of English to BM Phrasebooks here.