Holiday Expressions

French holiday expressions
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Expressions de fête

Happy (insert holiday here)! When it’s time to celebrate, you’ll be glad to have these holiday expressions ready to go.

Holiday wishes

Bonne Année !
Bonne Année et bonne santé !
  Happy New Year!
Bonne fête !   Happy (current holiday)!
Bonne fête de Hanoukka !   Happy Hanukkah!
Bonnes Pâques !   Happy Easter!
Joyeuses fêtes !   Happy holidays!
Joyeux Noël !   Merry Christmas!
Joyeuses Pâques !   Happy Easter!
Laissez les bons temps rouler !   Let the good times roll!
(Happy Mardi Gras!)
Meilleurs vœux !   Happy holidays!
Season’s greetings!

 When celebrating with friends and family, you’ll probably do les bises while expressing your good wishes.

More holiday expressions

À la Chandeleur, l’hiver cesse ou prend vigueur. On Candlemas, winter ends or strengthens.
Ce n’est pas mardi gras aujourd’hui. What you’re wearing is ridiculous.
faire le pont to make it a long (four-day) weekend
faire un temps de Toussaint to have cold and grey weather
Noël au balcon, Pâques au tison A warm Christmas means a cold Easter
Noël sous la neige white Christmas

Holiday vocab lists

 Also see Celebratory Expressions for general good wishes and useful verbs.

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