New Year’s Vocabulary

French New Year's vocabulary
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New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are holidays in much of the world – here’s the French vocabulary you need to celebrate on December 31 and January 1st.

December 31 le 31 décembre
New Year’s Eve la Saint-Sylvestre*
New Year’s Eve party/feast le Réveillon de Saint-Sylvestre
midnight minuit
January 1st le premier janvier
New Year’s Day le jour de l’An, le Nouvel An
New Year’s resolution une bonne résolution
New Year’s gifts des étrennes
fireworks les feux d’artifice
mistletoe le gui
champagne le champagne
hangover la gueule de bois
truffles les truffes
Happy New Year! Bonne Année !
Bonne année et bonne santé
Happy holidays! Joyeuses fêtes !
Season’s greetings! Meilleurs vœux !
to celebrate fêter, célébrer
to drink boire
to eat manger
to get drunk se soûler
to kiss faire la bise
to propose a toast porter un toast

*Though there’s no association between New Year’s Eve and Saint Sylvestre, who was Pope from 314 to 335 A.D., his name is given to the celebration because December 31 is his feast day. And it’s called la Saint-Sylvestre because it’s short for la fête de Saint-Sylvestre.

 Vocabulary Quiz

Think you’ve got it? Test yourself French vocabulary for the new year with this fill-in-the-blanks exercise: Fête du Nouvel An

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