"С праздником."

Translation:Happy holiday.

November 29, 2015

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I realize that "holiday" is singular here. However, is there an equivalent expression in Russian to "Happy holidays!" (used in English-speaking countries to include all of the December holidays) that this could also equate to?


No, we don't usually have a problem to greet with every individual holiday. Why would we want to compact Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year into one "seasonal greeting"?

I thought that all those "happy holidays" and "seasonal greetings" is a product of "political correctness". If that is really so, then we most probably don't have something similar in our language (and I hope, we never will). We don't do much political correctness here, thank God.


Happy Holidays is a greeting said in some English-speaking regions, mostly in December. During this time it essentially means Happy New Year, and happy whatever of the 40 other December holidays you may or may not celebrate, because I don't necessarily want to assume it's Christmas, and/or because I don't celebrate Christmas but I wanted to say something nice. There are lots of assorted Christian holidays around this time, so even some conservative anglophones might say this. I also heard someone say Happy Holidays at the end of March when there were about to be several Christian and mostly-Catholic holidays ending with Easter Monday. On the exact day in question, people will often say a specific holiday greeting as a general, if sometimes-problematic, politeness.

I am curious how common kosmozhuk's sentiment is with younger and metropolitan Russian people who have more cultural awareness and exposure, plus general life opportunities. Considering females were forbidden from hundreds of professions in the modern world until 2019, and the cruel and dangerous claim that there are no gay people in the country, it seems kind of spot-on for the general populace. It also would be for half of the USA where the phrase "war on Christmas" was coined and still used by stubborn people who don't like change.

Every place has uplifting and distressing truths. Learning about them is a definite advantage and it helps with culturo-linguistic understanding of any language.


No problem...personally I agree with you about how I would like to do things (and for similar reasons to yours), but some people here feel differently so I asked. :-)


Well, I gave it a thought. And asked my colleagues.

С наступающим is usually used with New Year. That is grammatically correct phrase: С наступающим Новым Годом. Sometimes one can be greeted with "с наступающим праздником".

The only case of multiple holidays that I can think of is "майские праздники" - 1st of May and the Victory Day (9th of May). They are close together and there is a string or two of several non-working days. But we don't usually greet with "с майскими праздниками", V-Day is very special. We just use the term to designate some time period:

На майские праздники я поеду на дачу.

Встретимся после майских праздников.

Also we can use the word праздники to refer to several non-working days connected to one proper holiday. But not in a greeting manner.


Heaven forbid we try to be inclusive of cultures other than our own, rather than assuming everyone celebrates the same holiday we do.


I think it is just the plain kind of "correctness". If someone doesn't care about a certain holiday, why would i wish them a happy one?


I am not russian, but I believe you can just say с праздниками :)


'Happy holiday' is something that is rarely said in British English.


And in American English as well. We usually specify the holiday. Happy New Year. Merry Christmas. Happy Easter. Happy Fourth of July. Happy Thanksgiving. And so on.


Basically in Russian "happy" is never used?


1000 years of Russian history has seen to that.


the д is not audible in any way


It seems the substantive праздник is related to the adjective праздный, just as in English "vacation" is related to "vacancy". There must be something universal in this concept of "a time of emptyness", or something like that.


Getting away from the considerations of political correctness, i was wondering if this could be rendered as "Have a nice holiday", which might refer to someone just taking a couple of days off work.


No, it will be strange to use it for a few days off or a vacation. Праздник is something that people celebrate. A public or religious holiday, a local holiday or celebration, even your family celebration. Christmas, New Year, St. Valentine's day, Victory day, Teachers' Day (if you are a teacher), Mother's Day (if you are a mother), your wedding anniversary, etc. Saying "с праздником" is like saying "Happy New Year", only it works for any celebration.


Thanks for that. I was understanding it the British way - I should have checked for examples. Great to have some extra background, too !

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