How to say Happy Birthday in Portuguese?

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Learning how to say Happy Birthday in Portuguese is very important for you to celebrate this special occasion with the ones you love. Saying happy birthday in Portuguese is quite easy and both Brazilians and Portuguese are used to say it in the same way.

In this post you are going to learn how happy birthday in Portuguese is used and at least 2 forms of saying it for that Portuguese or Brazilian friend that is celebrating his/her birthday. As always, find out what is the best way for you to learn Portuguese and let’s learn!

How to say how to say Happy Birthday in Portuguese?

There are two common ways of saying happy birthday in Portuguese. The first one is an expression that has the literal meaning of ‘happy birthday’ and the other can be used as something like a ‘congratulations’ on other contexts. Let’s see how it works:

Feliz Aniversário means Happy Birthday

Feliz Aniversário has the literal meaning of happy birthday. It is commonly used in a variety of contexts and you don’t have to be close to the person that’s celebrating his/her birthday to use it. Let’s see some examples:

Feliz Aniversário, Sofia! Muitas felicidades! – Happy Birthday Sofia! Best wishes!

Você está fazendo aniversário hoje? Não sabia! Feliz aniversário! – Are you having birthday today? Sorry, I didn’t know! Happy Birthday!

Aniversário means birthday. So, when someone is ‘fazendo aniversário’ he/she is having or celebrating his/her birthday.

Parabéns means congratulations, but is also used as happy birthday in Brazil

Here is an example that can vary between Brazilian and Portuguese speakers: using ‘parabéns’ (congratulations) as a way to wish a happy birthday in Portuguese is more common in Brazil than in Portugal, but it can also be heard in the European Portuguese.

Parabéns pelo seu aniversário! – Congratulations on your birthday!

Singing Happy Birthday to You in Portuguese

Yeap. We also sing Happy Birthday to You on birthday celebrations. But here, as we’ve already seen above, ‘parabéns’ become ‘happy birthday in the song. See the lyrics and then watch the video on how to sing happy birthday to you in Portuguese:

Parabéns pra você

Parabéns pra você
Nesta data querida
Muitas felicidades
Muitos anos de vida

É pique, é pique
É pique, é pique, é pique
É hora, é hora
É hora, é hora, é hora
Rá-tim-bum!
Happy Birthday to You

Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday to You
Happy Birthday Dear Friend
Happy Birthday to You.





Note: the word ‘pra’ is and abbreviation of the word ‘para’ (to) and has the same meaning.

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